Outstanding Liverpool star can leave for £83 million, but not to Arsenal

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Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales.
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The details of Roberto Firmino’s contract have been revealed and according to investigative outlet Football Leaks, via This is Anfield, there is a release clause which stipulates that the Brazilian can leave for £83 million.

Since signing for £29 million from Hoffenheim, Roberto Firmino’s Liverpool career has taken on a continuous upward spiral and he is now the club’s first choice centre-forward ahead of Daniel Sturridge.

In 13 Premier League games this season, Firmino has been directly involved in eight goals and has been the main instigator for Jurgen Klopp’s famed gegenpressing style of play and has made 12 tackles which is three more than Joel Matip.

Firmino is a very important player to Liverpool and this is reflected by his huge buyout clause of £83 million. The clause stipulates that clubs can begin negotiations with Firmino if they meet the minimum bid of over £80 million, but that Arsenal cannot buy him whatsoever.

It would seem as though Arsenal’s insulting bid for Luis Suarez of £40 million + £1 cut a little bit deeper than initially believed. John W. Henry went as far to ask, “What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?”

“Arsenal can not buy him for [£83 million]. Nor for any higher amount, moreover,” the report claims.

While Roberto Firmino is in good form and, at 25 years of age, has plenty of time to develop and grow as a player, he is not yet a player whose quality would command a transfer fee of £83 million. Liverpool clearly want to keep hold of Firmino and this is shown by the sensational buyout clause.

Firmino appeared to be a bit rusty against Bournemouth at the weekend but he is certain to continue in the form which has brought him a lot of praise this season.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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