North London club, Arsenal have been singled out of the options Roberto Firmino will have should he choose to activate his release clause from Liverpool. Football Leaks claims that a dubious clause was drawn over Firmino’s contract, explicitly stating that any other club but the Gunners can activate the Brazilian’s transfer.
This obviously seems to be the product of bad blood between both clubs that occurred in the summer of 2013. Arsenal, acting on a tip off on Luis Suarez’s situation at that time, offered the Merseyside club a bizarre £40 million and an additional £1. According to anonymous sources Arsenal added £1 after because they were told Liverpool will only consider bids above £40 million.
The following morning, Liverpool owner, John W. Henry took a twitter jibe at the Londoners: “What do you think they are smoking over there at Emirates?”
Roberto Firmino arrived Liverpool from Hoffenheim in the summer of 2015 for a reported fee of £29 million. After struggling to prove his worth in his first season, the Brazilian has gone on to silence any doubts fans might have had about him. He has six goals and three assists in 16 games so far this season, and according to OPTA statistics, has covered more ground than any other striker in the Premier League.
His resurgence has not been unconnected with a partnership formed with fellow countryman, Phillipe Coutinho. They have had an amazing understanding between them and their link up play have been top notch. Coutinho is currently sidelined though and Liverpool’s league standing has started wavering.
Controversial Barcelona forward Luis Suarez – the man at the centre of the messy spat between Liverpool and Arsenal – finally moved to the Catalan club in the summer of 2014 for £75 million. To make matters worse, Liverpool recently revealed that they would have let go of him for £50million. Arsenal’s scouting team sure has some soul searching to do.