Liverpool are refusing to trade Roberto Firmino this summer, despite rumors that Juventus may make a bid for the Brazilian.
Firmino, Mo Salah, and Sadio Mane form a lethal attacking trio with Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, and the 30-year-old has been a major part of his manager’s success.
Mane has since left the club to join Bayern Munich, but the other two remain, and the Reds appear to be well prepared for the next season after adding Darwin Nunez to their roster.
Firmino said of his future plans ahead of their Champions League final loss to Real Madrid last season: “I want to remain.”
“I’m quite content here. I thank God for the opportunity to play at a great club with great players and win titles, and my wish is to stay. I want to be here, I’m happy here, and all I can say is that I want to stay.”
According to a report on Monday, Juventus has made a £20 million bid for Firmino, which appears to be an enticing offer on paper given that the Brazilian is now 30 and in the final year of his contract at Anfield.
Salah, Firmino, Nunez, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, and new acquisition Fabio Carvalho are all attacking alternatives for Liverpool this season, and some believe they can do without one of them.
However, that is not the case for the Reds, with Goal Brasil reporting that Liverpool ‘wants to keep’ Firmino and will not enter into sales negotiations.
Firmino is said to’still have Klopp’s approval’ in the dressing room, and that the German manager ‘wants the player to stay at Anfield and does not intend to lose him.’
Despite reports of a Juve bid, Goal Brasil adds that the Old Lady has yet to make a “formal proposal” as they continue to observe and study the situation.
If Juventus makes a formal proposal for Firmino, they hope that their offer of greater minutes will be appealing – but it will take a “big deal” now to sway Liverpool’s head.
Firmino produced five goals and four assists in 20 Premier League appearances last season and will continue to contribute this season, especially if Liverpool pursues the Quadruple again next season.
Former Premier League striker Noel Whelan is skeptical that Liverpool will sell the Brazilian this summer, telling Football Insider: “He’s one of those players who is wonderful to have around at a football team.”
“If he’s decided to stay for another year, I don’t think Liverpool will begrudge him that.”
“He’s been a tremendous servant to the football club, with no complaints or difficulties.” He’s quite professional.”