La Liga giants in the battle to sign €90m-rated Liverpool centre-forward

Los Blancos are reportedly eyeing up the possible transfer of Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino as a replacement for the ageing Karim Benzema. La Liga giants president Florentino Perez sees Brazil international as a perfect successor to Frenchman up front after his superb performances during his time at Liverpool.

Roberto has become one of the finest attacking footballers in world football under the guidance of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, playing a starring role for the Merseyside club in their recent success in the Champions League and this campaign’s Premier League title race.

Karim is a club legend and would be a tough act to follow at Real Madrid, but Firmino does look a perfect option to come in and fill that role. The duo are similar in that, despite playing upfront, they don’t tend to score as many goals as traditional strikers, but both are instrumental to their teams due to their work rate and unselfish play.

Reds would ask for as much as £126m for the 28-year-old striker, which looks pretty reasonable in this current market. However, one imagines Liverpool will surely not be letting the Brazilian star go any time soon as they’re no longer in a position where Europe’s elite can genuinely guarantee footballers more success than they’d otherwise enjoy at Anfield.

This was the case when Merseyside club lost the likes of Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling in the past, but Roberto Firmino can surely pick up many more big trophies if he stays where he is. Real Madrid signed Reinier Jesus from Flamengo during the winter transfer window.