Liverpool have no interest in letting Roberto Firmino go in a swap deal involving Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, say reports.
The Turin club have been linked with the Brazilian striker recently after he fell out of favour at Anfield last season.
Firmino is now in the final year of his Reds deal, and the Italians hope they can bring him in for a cut-price deal.
They would otherwise risk losing the Brazil international for nothing next summer.
A mooted swap deal involving Rabiot doesn’t interest Jurgen Klopp’s side, but Juve are hopeful of getting a deal done for less than £20 million.
Firmino struggled with injury problems last season and has lost his starting spot in the Reds forward line following the arrivals of Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz.
Liverpool’s £85 million signing of Darwin Nunez from Benfica this summer will provide even fiercer competition.
The World Cup is now just a few months away and Firmino will want to win back his place in the Brazil squad, having not featured for the Selecao since the Copa America final a year ago.
The 30-year-old started just 10 Premier League games last season, and may well believe the time has come for a new challenge.
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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.