Roberto Firmino offered MLS transfer lifeline after Liverpool with St Louis City keen on Brazilian
ROBERTO FIRMINO has been offered an MLS transfer lifeline, according to reports.
The 31-year-old Liverpool striker has confirmed he will leave Anfield at the end of the season when his contract expires.
But he is already lined up as a possible transfer target by many clubs.
And journalist Tom Bogert St Louis City States are interested in signing the free agent.
The new Missouri team joined MLS for the 2023 season, starting with a perfect three out of three wins to top the Western Conference with nine points.
But they are said to be keen to add Firmino’s experience and quality to their attack.
And the club could be boosted by the fact that sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel was on staff at Hoffenheim during Firmino’s time with the German club.
However, the city of St Louis is expected to face stiff competition for the signing of Firmino.
The report adds that Los Angeles FC are keen on signing him this summer, while SIX European teams have submitted offers to land the 55-time international.
But Firmino is NOT expected to return to his native Brazil at this stage of his career.
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The Brazilian striker won five trophies during his eight seasons at Liverpool, including the Champions League and the Premier League.
And his return of 108 goals and 79 assists in 355 appearances makes him a fan favorite – the most recent No7 in Manchester United’s thrashing last weekend.
Boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted his shock at news of Firmino’s upcoming departure, especially as talks over a contract extension have begun.
The German said: “Surprised? Yes, a bit – it could go both ways and one way. And I respect that a lot.
“But that’s completely normal in the kind of long relationship we have and Bobby has with the club.
“There’s no time for a goodbye or anything right now, there’s plenty of time for that later in the season.
“Whenever he comes back, everyone knows the song [Reds fans’ Firmino chant] will be in everyone’s ears for a very long time.
“I think he’s one of those players who, even if he comes with an opposing team, people would be really happy to see him.”
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