Serie A giants demanding Brazilian forward from Liverpool in any deal for French playmaker

By | August 7, 2022

Serie A giants, Juventus will reportedly demand that Roberto Firmino is included in any deal involving Adrien Rabiot with Liverpool.

French midfielder only has 12 months left to run on his current deal at the Allianz Stadium and has been strongly rumoured with an exit as the team prepares to welcome Paul Pogba back for a second stint.

In spite of reports reporting that the Merseyside reds were postponing their search for a new playmaker until the summer of 2023, Rabiot has been tipped to head to Anfield in recent weeks.

The Merseyside Reds were allegedly formulating a swap contract involving Naby Keita – who will also become a free agent next year – however, that will seemingly not suffice for Serie A giants, Juventus.

According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, the Old Lady would be after a part-exchange deal with Firmino to sanction Rabiot’s exit, with the Brazilian also facing an uncertain long-term future.

Like Rabiot and Keita, Firmino has also entered the final year of his contract, and Liverpool are running the risk of losing the Brazil international on a free transfer next summer.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are expected to table an extension to the former Hoffenheim man, who will have added competition in the form of Darwin Nunez for the 2022-23 season.

Firmino also spent a good chunk of last season in the treatment room, during which Diogo Jota and the now-departed Sadio Mane would often spearhead the Reds’ attack, with AC Milan-bound Divock Origi in reserve.

Firmino still managed 11 goals and five assists in 34 appearances across all competitions, and there is nothing to suggest that the 30-year-old could head for the Anfield exit door this summer.