According to the Daily Express, Bayern Munich have made contact with Roberto Firmino regarding a potential transfer to the German champions.
Transfer expert Ian McGarry has also claimed that Liverpool are ‘set’ to sign RB Leipzig Timo Werner who has persistently been linked with a move to the home of the European champions.
Firmino, 28, has been arguably the key fundamental cog to Liverpool’s attacking superpower with the Brazil international Jurgen Klopp’s most used performer since his Anfield tenure began in October 2015.
The Brazilian has clocked up 231 appearances during a five-year spell on Merseyside scoring 76 goals whilst registering an equally impressive 59 assists.
Firmino has become the embodiment of his German manager’s world-conquering squad with the Liverpool No.9 usually the springboard to starting attacks whilst simultaneously sacrificing his personal game for the overall benefit of the team.
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However, The Express’ McGarry has claimed that the former Hoffenheim star could be on his way back to the Bundesliga with Robert Lewandowski potentially off to the MLS.
“We have accurately and consistently reported that Werner will join Liverpool we believe this summer,” McGarry said on the Transfer Window podcast.
“I cannot report anything that I think changes that although interestingly news is that Roberto Firmino’s representatives have been contacted by Bayern Munich in the last 10 days with regards to ‘would he be willing to leave Anfield?
“Would he be interested in a return to the Bundesliga? And would he be interested in becoming part of Bayern’s rebuild?’ which of course they have been planning now since the beginning of last season.
“Firmino may fit in very well as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski who may well move on, potentially to MLS in the summer.”
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Not to fear Liverpool fans, respected journalists – including the magnificent Melissa Reddy – have recently reported that the Reds are expecting all of the English champions-elect’s pedigreed front three Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and of course Firmino to stay at the club with none showing any intent to leave.
And why would they?
The world’s most feared attacking trident are operating under FIFA’s Coach of the Year whilst representing the world and European champions.
Even if Werner were acquired from Leipzig, the German international will be expected to play second fiddle to Firmino who Klopp has stated in the past is ‘irreplaceable’.
With Liverpool promptly back atop of their perch, FSG wouldn’t even condone the possibility of Firmino exiting the Anfield doors come the summer window.
The days of allowing their greatest assets to depart to other European heavyweights were put to bed a long time ago and players such as Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can have demonstrated that the grass isn’t always greener outside of Merseyside.