Inter Milan are keen on making a move for Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino if they fail to retain Romelu Lukaku, as per Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t LiverpoolOffside).
The Brazil international has less than five months left on his current contract at Anfield. The Nerazzurri’s have identified him as a top target should Lukaku return to Chelsea in the summer.
The Belgium international returned to Inter Milan last summer on a season-long loan deal just one year after a £97.5 million move to Stamford Bridge. Injuries have restricted Lukaku to scoring just twice in 11 games across competitions this season.
Nevertheless, his aerial dominance and finishing ability make him a nightmare for defenders to mark in the box. The Serie A giants apparently want to keep him at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium beyond the summer.
The player has himself admitted that he wants to stay at Inter ‘for a long time’. However, should he leave the club this summer, the defending Serie A champions could have to search for a replacement.
Edin Dzeko, 36, could also leave the club as a free agent this summer. Liverpool, meanwhile, have signed Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo in back-to-back transfer windows to reinforce their attack.
They are arguably well set for life without Firmino. However, the Reds are reportedly considering a new short-term deal for the 31-year-old.
Despite Nunez’s high-profile arrival last summer for a fee of £85 million with add-ons, Firmino has continued to remain an important part of manager Jurgen Klopp’s team this campaign. He has scored nine goals and provided four assists in 21 games across competitions this season.