Liverpool well placed to sell 11-goal star and sign Aurelien Tchouameni - Whelan
Liverpool could “cash in” on Roberto Firmino this summer and use the funds to “update and revamp” their midfield, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 30-year-old could make way to fund a deal for long-term targets Jude Bellingham or Aurelien Tchouameni.
As revealed by this site on Monday (9 May), Liverpool have registered their interest in signing Monaco star Tchouameni this summer with the Ligue 1 outfit ready to cash in.
The France international is under contract until 2024 but it is understood the Monegasque club are willing to sell – with a fee of over £50million mooted.
Firmino, who is currently recovering from a foot injury, has scored just 11 goals across 16 starts this term.
The Brazil international is out of contract in June 2023.
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When asked if Firmino could be sold this summer, Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “It’s what happens in football.
“His body just isn’t what it used to be.
“His role has changed now. He’s now a player who can come on and change a game for Liverpool with 25, 30 minutes left.
“Liverpool have a decision to make. Do they capitalise and cash in with him having only one year left? They can use that money to bring in that fresh blood.
“Look, for me – they’ll be busy in the transfer window. I think they’re still looking at a Bellingham, a Tchouameni.
“That midfield – the likes of James Milner, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson. It’s going to need updating and revamping.”
Football Insider revealed last month (14 April) that Man City are also pushing hard for in-demand ace Tchouameni.
This site also revealed on 21 April that Liverpool have seen an approach for Bellingham rejected ahead of the summer window.