Liverpool star Firmino wanted by Barcelona and Inter - sources

By Wayne Veysey

7th Mar, 2023 | 6:45am

Sources: Barcelona and Inter Milan make moves for Liverpool star Roberto Firmino with Saudi Arabian club readying 'huge offer'

Barcelona and Inter Milan have registered their interest in Liverpool star Roberto Firmino following his announcement he is leaving in the summer, sources have told Football Insider.

The Spanish and Italian giants have made the first moves for the Brazilian forward, 31, as his Anfield spell enters its final few months.

A Saudi Arabian club is also believed to be readying a “huge offer” to Firmino as they look to lure him for a mega-money Middle East move.

The 55-times Brazil international is expected to be deluged with offers as a free agent going into the summer window.

His Liverpool contract expires in June, which will bring down the curtain on a memorable eight years at the club in which he has won every trophy available including the Premier League and Champions League.

Firmino’s representative Roger Wittmann revealed in an exclusive interview with Football Insider on Saturday that the player refused to hold talks with other clubs before deciding he will Liverpool leave on a free transfer this summer.

He communicated his decision last Wednesday to Wittmann before informing Jurgen Klopp at the club’s training ground last Friday before the news went public.

Firmino said he felt “unbelievably emotional” about leaving Liverpool and that was evident during his short cameo in Sunday’s sensational 7-0 Premier League win over Man United.

He came off the bench to score his team’s final goal and appeared to be in tears as he soaked in the adulation of the supporters and teammates.

It was Firmino’s 10th goal of what has been a season interrupted by two months out with a calf injury.

He has also supplied five assists from his 24 matches in all competitions in what has been an impressive return in a season in which Liverpool have struggled to reach their previous heights.

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