Bayern Munich are preparing a £75 million bid for Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino during the summer.
Reports claim that the German champions want the Brazilian to beef up their front line, with the player viewed as a top target.
Firmino has been an instrumental part of Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp. He has helped the club towards World and European stardom during the last 12 months.
This season he has netted 10 goals and registered 12 assists in all competitions, with the Reds holding a 22-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
Liverpool would stand to make a significant profit on Firmino. He cost the club £29 million when he arrived from Hoffenheim in 2015 (BBC).
In 228 games for the Reds, he has found the net on 76 occasions, registering 59 assists in the process.
With this season looking like a foregone conclusion, plans may well be in place ahead of their title defence next season.
Firmino, 28, could be a player who makes way for new recruits to come into Anfield, with Timo Werner and Kai Havertz both heavily linked with moves to the club.
The £180,000-a-week forward has a contract with Liverpool until 2023 but the interest might see Klopp offload in order to make room for new additions.
TBR View – Firmino departure might make sense
At this stage talk of Bayern holding an interest might be premature.
Given that Liverpool are firing on all cylinders it would seem unlikely that any player will want to leave the club.
Firmino is an important player, not least because he doesn’t play a stereotypical striking role.
His ability to drop deep and make life difficult for opponents is integral to getting the best out of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
That said, his departure from Liverpool might make sense.
Klopp has been linked with several forwards and should he pay megabucks for one, then one of the big three will probably leave.
Firmino doesn’t score the same level of goals as Mane or Salah and as a result, his departure could make the most sense.