Barcelona eyeing €20 million move for Ace Liverpool forward
Spanish giants Barcelona are reportedly interested in a potential move for Liverpool star Roberto Firmino in the summer transfer window this year.
Barca manager Xavi Hernandez admires the Brazilian forward and is quite hopeful of bringing him to Camp Nou at the end of the season.
Spanish media outlet El Nacional has reported that Firmino will be available for a transfer in the summer due to the rise of Diogo Jota at Anfield.
Jota has been performing well and Jurgen Klopp seems to favor the Portuguese over the Brazilian in the squad, therefore mostly starting ahead of him
He has scored 10 goals in 20 appearances in the Premier League this season while Firmino has only netted 4 league goals in 12 matches.
The report has revealed that Klopp does not want to stop the Brazilian’s move to Barcelona and has put a €20 million price tag on him. Liverpool fears Firmino has started to devalue and fear keeping an ‘inactive player’ on high wages.
Klopp also stated recently that he believes it is time for Curtis Jones to step up for the senior side. This could further reduce the game time for Firmino.
Klopp said about Jones: “I love the boy and the potential he has but we have to come to the next steps now and make sure he fulfills the potential he has on the pitch very often.
“You have this kind of conversation when you are not 100 percent happy with the moment. He is very young but his potential is incredible and we both together have to find a way to show much more of him.”
Since he arrived at Anfield, Firmino has partnered with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to become one of the most fearsome trios in European football.
Firmino has scored 94 goals in 310 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions.