Roberto Firmino has reportedly agreed to a contract with Barcelona as he plans on his next challenge as his Liverpool career ends.
According to the Daily Mail, Roberto Firmino has reportedly agreed on a deal to join Barcelona as a free agent. The 11-goal Liverpool star will depart Anfield after eight years, with the Catalans seemingly having won the race for the Brazilian international.
Roberto Firmino’s accomplished career at Liverpool will come to a close when the season ends. Jurgen Klopp had publicly stated his desire to keep the Brazilian at the club, and reports suggested there might have been talks to extend his stay.
But, Firmino has decided to leave Liverpool and take on a new challenge elsewhere. He had also reportedly suggested he may not sign for another Premier League side, meaning a move abroad could materialise for the 11-goal star.
Klopp has used the last few windows to bring in new attackers, including Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo and Luis Diaz. Firmino’s situation at Liverpool has changed considerably, as he remains a bench option for most of the season.
The Brazilian wants to continue playing at the highest levels and seek regular playing time at his new club. Several sides, including Barcelona and Real Madrid, have shown an interest in signing him, with a move to Spain looking likely for the Liverpool star.
Inter Milan are also in the race for the Brazilian, but the latest report suggests he has agreed on a contract with Barcelona. The Catalans are in a dire financial situation, with the club needing to raise hundreds of millions by culling their wage bill and through player sales.
Whether they have the financial means to execute the deal remains the question, but Firmino is open to joining Barcelona. At Camp Nou, he could have a significant role to play under Xavi Hernandez, whose tactical ideas might suit the Liverpool star.
The contract details remain under wraps for now, but until the club can make an official announcement and clear it out with La Liga, Firmino could have his options open. A move to Catalonia will prove huge for the Brazilian, as he could improve their current setup.