Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel is reportedly eyeing Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino this summer, according to the BBC.
The broadcaster claims that the Brazilian international is among the players the German boss is looking at, as his side attempt to finally get over their Champions League hump next season.
However, the Reds wouldn’t even consider allowing the 27-year-old to depart, after another phenomenal season on Merseyside from the former Hoffenheim man.
This is worrying news for Liverpool supporters, but not overly so. Obviously it’s never good when a team like PSG take an interest in one of your star players, but in this case it doesn’t seem as if there is any chance of Firmino departing. And, frankly, why would he want to? Apart from living in Paris, which would probably be preferable to Merseyside, there isn’t much to attract the Brazilian to Tuchel’s side. From a footballing point of view it’s a significant step down. PSG cannot get over the hump in the Champions League, whereas the Reds are back-to-back finalists in Europe’s premier club competition. They’re obviously targeting Firmino as someone who could come in and help them make the breakthrough, but why would he leave a perennial contender – perhaps European champions this season – for a team that cannot find success in the Champions League no matter what they do. It wouldn’t make any sense for him, so there’s likely not much chance this one happens.