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Real Madrid, Barcelona interested in exit-bound Liverpool superstar – report

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Real Madrid and Barcelona could be set to go toe-to-toe in the race to sign Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino this summer, according to reports in England as relayed by SPORT.

Firmino is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, having already confirmed that he will not sign a new contract with Liverpool.

The Brazilian international has been a top performer over the years for Jurgen Klopp’s side but has seen his game-time take a hit this season. Despite that, Firmino has produced a respectable tally of 11 goals and five assists from 33 matches in all competitions in 2022/23.

With the 31-year-old set to become a free agent at the end of the season, Real Madrid are said to have taken an interest in his situation.

The Merengues are expected to sign a new striker in the summer to provide cover and competition for Karim Benzema, who has battled injury problems this season.

Endrick is Real Madrid’s long-term bet, but the Brazilian wonderkid will only be arriving in 2024. And while Alvaro Rodriguez has showcased good potential, an experienced forward could be a good addition to the ranks in the summer.

It has seemingly led Los Blancos to Firmino, who would be available for free in the summer. However, Real Madrid will have to battle with arch-rivals Barcelona for the Liverpool superstar.

The Blaugrana are also in the market for attacking reinforcements and have their sights on Vitor Roque. But a move for the Athletico Paranaense prodigy seems financially difficult to pull off, leading to them looking out for other options.

Chelsea’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a target, but Firmino, too, has emerged as a possible option for Barcelona, with the report stating that they have already contacted the Brazilian’s agents to keep themselves informed about his situation.

Apart from Barcelona, Real Madrid will have to stave off competition from Inter Milan as well as clubs from Saudi Arabia, if they are indeed serious about signing Firmino.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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