Juventus has been targeting a deal for Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino, hoping he can be acquired for around £20million.
Firmino, 30, has spent the past seven seasons with Liverpool, playing a major role in winning the 2019-20 Premier League and 2018-19 Champions League, but in the past season a series of injuries limited him to his fewest league appearances (20) and league goals (five) since arriving at Anfield.
Corriere dello Sport claims the Brazilian was not Juventus' first choice when weighing up the striker market, but interest grew as it became increasingly unlikely they would be able to bring Alvaro Morata back to the club from Atletico Madrid.
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Darwin Nunez's arrival has given Liverpool an abundance of options up front, and instead of letting Firmino operate as a back-up as his value continues to diminish, the club could elect to cash in, if the price is right.
The report from Italy claims Juventus has also been investigating the possibility of acquiring Chelsea's Timo Werner or Manchester United's Anthony Martial, but securing Firmino would put an end to those pursuits.
Reports from England have indicated Liverpool is not interested in selling for the fee Juventus has so far proposed.
Meanwhile, Marca is reporting that Juventus is also in the hunt for Benfica left-back Alejandro Grimaldo, with Manchester City and Newcastle United its main competition.
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