Juventus ‘submit £19.5m bid’ for Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino


    Roberto Firmino playing for Liverpool.
    Roberto Firmino is one of Liverpool’s longest-serving players. (Photo: Boris Streubel/Getty Images)

    Juventus have submitted a bid to sign Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino this summer, according to reports in Italy.

    The Serie A club have allowed Paulo Dybala to leave on a free transfer to rivals AS Roma since the end of last season, while loanee Alvaro Morata has returned to parent club Atletico Madrid following the conclusion of the campaign, meaning Massimiliano Allegri is looking to add depth to his frontline.

    Now, TuttoJuve is reporting that the Bianconeri have offered the Reds £19.5m to part with Firmino before the end of the transfer window.

    The Reds have revamped their own frontline significantly in recent months, bringing in Colombian winger Luis Diaz from Porto in January and adding former Benfica striker Darwin Nunez to their arsenal this summer.

    Mohamed Salah has also finally renewed his contract with the club and is set to remain at Anfield until 2025, but Sadio Mane has departed after six years at Anfield in order to join Bayern Munich.

    That means the Salah, Mane and Firmino trifecta which powered the Reds to both the UEFA Champions League and Premier League is no more, and Firmino’s own future remains uncertain.

    The Brazil international has just a year left to run on his current deal, having first signed for the Reds from TSG Hoffenheim in 2015 under previous manager Brendan Rodgers.

    Approaching the age of 31, Firmino has yet to enter discussions with the club about a potential renewal and the expectation is he will be allowed to leave on a free transfer in the summer of 2023.

    Firmino did, however, make clear his desire to remain at Anfield before the club played the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid in May.

    ‘I’m very happy here,’ he said. ‘I’m grateful to God that I’m here playing for a great club with great players, winning titles. And my will is to stay. I want to be here. I’m happy here. So that’s all I can say, I want to stay.’

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