Premier League star striker ‘offers himself’ to Barcelona

Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino is set to leave Liverpool at the end of the season, and he has offered his services to Barcelona.

According to El Nacional, Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has reportedly offered his services to Barcelona through his agent ahead of his departure from Anfield.

The 31-year-old is set to leave Liverpool when his contract expires at the end of the season, wrapping off a very successful trophy-laden eight years on Merseyside.

Firmino has slipped down the pecking order at Anfield over the past couple of seasons, though, with injuries and new arrivals forcing him to accept a bit-part role in the 2022-23 campaign.

The versatile attacker’s recent struggles cost him a spot in the Brazil squad for the 2022 World Cup, but he is not anticipated to be short of offers in the summer.

As well as expected proposals from Saudi Arabia, notably from Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr, Firmino has apparently attracted the interest of as many as three Serie A clubs, including Juventus, as well as Atletico Madrid, who could lose Joao Felix to Chelsea permanently in the forthcoming summer transfer window.

However, in an intriguing update, Firmino has been offered to Barcelona via his agent who has already established contact with Blaugrana president Joan Laporta to sound out the prospect of Firmino plying his trade at Camp Nou next term.

It’s reported that the striker believes he can fit into Xavi Hernandez’s setup and style of play effortlessly.

Despite the fact that the striker turned 31 in October, Laporta and his board could be interested in the proposition of acquiring Firmino thanks to his free agency come summer.

The Catalans are experiencing financial difficulties, and are always keen on free transfers.
Barcelona are without a backup striker following the departures of Memphis Depay and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Firmino could thus provide that necessary depth next season.

Despite his recent struggles with injuries, Firmino has 10 goals and five assists to his name from 27 matches this season, and comes with a wealth of top-level experience, having won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, EFL Cup, Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Community Shield at Liverpool.

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