Roberto Firmino’s Has £82m Release Clause – But Arsenal Can’t Activate It
Posted by Ryan Smith | Published on December 6, 2016
Roberto Firmino’s contract at Liverpool includes an ‘anti-Arsenal’ clause, according to the Football Leaks group.
The Gunners upset Liverpool with their bid for Luis Suarez in 2013 of £40m + £1 which Arsene Wenger believed would trigger the Uruguayan’s release clause. Liverpool owner John Henry later tweeted: “What do you think they’re smoking over there at The Emirates?” shortly after the news broke to the world’s media.
What do you think they're smoking over there at Emirates?
— John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) July 24, 2013
The red half of Merseyside has hit back by saying that even if Arsenal offered more than Firmino’s release clause of £82m, the offer would still be rejected due to an ‘anti-Arsenal clause’ within Firmino’s contract.
In his debut season at Liverpool, the Brazilian managed to find the back of the net 10 times in 31 games. This season, however, Jürgen Klopp has managed to eek out even more from the Brazilian and has been a key protagonist in why Liverpool have started the season so well. Scoring 5 goals in 13 appearances he’s been part of a brilliant partnership with his fellow countryman, Phillipe Coutinho who started the season equally as well but has suffered an injury that is likely to keep him sidelined until 2017 at the earliest.
Liverpool have started this season exceptionally well. Currently sitting 3rd, 4 points behind league leaders Chelsea in 1st and a 1 point behind Arsenal in 2nd. There is no doubt Jürgen Klopp has had a positive impact since joining Liverpool last season. Losing to Bournemouth last weekend would have been a massive disappointment to all those involved with Liverpool, however, could be a rude reminder to keep their eyes firmly on the task at hand – winning the Premier League.
It’s unlikely Firmino will leave Liverpool – especially with how well Liverpool have started this season and how well he’s linked up with his fellow countryman, Phillipe Coutinho. Stranger things have happened, but whatever happens, Firmino won’t be joining Arsenal anytime soon.