Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is wanted by Atletico Madrid as his contract runs towards its final six months, according to reports in Spain.
The Lowdown: Firmino into final year
The Brazilian has been a true modern-day great at Anfield, playing a huge role in Jurgen Klopp’s side enjoying so much success in recent years.
Firmino’s current Liverpool deal expires at the end of this season, however, and there is no sign yet of him penning a new contract and extending his stay.
The 31-year-old is therefore unlikely to be without suitors and a new update is now doing the rounds.
The Latest: Atletico eye up move
According to Spanish outlet Todo Fichajes, Atletico are eyeing up a move for Firmino next summer, with Diego Simeone an admirer of the Brazil international.
The Verdict: Exit feels likely
While the thought of Firmino leaving the Reds is a sad one, considering the seven years of wonderful service he has provided, it does feel as though this will be his final season at the club.
At 31, there is no shame in admitting that his very best days are now behind him, and despite him scoring six goals so far this season, his all-round game isn’t what it was, in terms of energy and influence.
A summer exit ultimately makes the most sense for all parties, allowing Firmino one last big move in his career and giving Liverpool the chance to sign a younger alternative.
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