Liverpool has reportedly received a swap offer for their striker Roberto Firmino in an unexpected transfer move. Juventus of Italy is reportedly interested in signing Firmino during the current summer transfer season, according to numerous media sources. According to reports, Adrien Rabiot, a midfielder for Juventus, is available for exchange, and Liverpool is willing to provide one in return.
Rabiot’s current Juventus deal has one year left on it. The Italian club is frantically looking for a new home for the 27-year-old since they will not be willing to let him leave as a free agent after the season.
Initially, it was suggested that the swap deal involving Rabiot joining the Premier League club include Naby Keita, a midfielder for Liverpool. The switch seems feasible given that the two occupy comparable positions on the field and have comparable market prices. The deal, however, finally fell through because Juventus wants to strengthen their forward squad.
According to a CalcioMercatoWeb story, the Bianconeri intend to propose Firmino in exchange for Rabiot. Firmino is reportedly worth at least 30-35 million euros on the transfer market, according to the report.
In 327 games with The Reds, the Brazilian striker has so far scored 98 goals. With 71 goals to his credit, Firmino is also the highest-scoring Brazilian in English Premier League history. It seems sensible that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would be reluctant to let him go after selling Sadio Mane to German powerhouse Bayern Munich.
He’s [Firmino] an essential player for us, he’s a connector,” Klopp reportedly stated last season, according to Mirror. He’s undoubtedly the best offensive defender I’ve ever seen in my life.
The 30-year-old striker transferred from Bundesliga team Hoffenheim to the Merseyside-based club back in 2015. Firmino played 20 games in the just-finished Premier League, recording five goals and four assists.
The Liverpool-based club will begin their 2017 English Premier League season on August 6 against Fulham after finishing only one point behind Manchester City as league champions last year.