Liverpool could look to sell Roberto Firmino during the January transfer window next year.
That’s according to Calciomercatoweb, who claim that Juventus had ‘probed’ the idea of signing Firmino during the summer. It’s claimed that although they weren’t interested in a sale then, Liverpool could sell him in January instead.
It’s even suggested that The Reds could entertain a swap deal involving new loan signing Athur Melo.
However, Juventus also reportedly have no space currently in their squad. Should they be seriously interested in pursuing Firmino in January, they’d have to free up a spot first.
D-Day coming on Firmino’s Liverpool future
This seems like a bit of a far-fetched one. It’s true that if Liverpool don’t agree a new contract for Firmino, and don’t sell him in January, they’ll lose him for nothing in the summer.
But that doesn’t feel as though it’s of much concern to The Reds. Had they been keen to recoup some money on Bobby, they’d have sold him this summer. They certainly had their chance.
Instead, Liverpool look to be doing what they’ve done in the past: let a player run down his contract as he enters his thirties.
On current form, it would be a shame for Liverpool to do that to Firmino. The 30-year-old is reportedly happy to extend his stay at Anfield and is playing really well.
After an injury-hit season last year, the £180k-a-week star has been back in the starting line-up this time around. Firmino has started five of Liverpool’s seven games this season and has three goals and three assists in that time.
If he can stay fit, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be kept on for another couple of years. He is far less essential to Liverpool than he used to be, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t still incredibly useful.
For Jurgen Klopp to sanction a sale of his most-used player in January, there would have to be a replacement lined up. As things stand, that doesn’t look like being a possibility. Instead, Firmino’s future is likely to be resolved one way or another next summer.