Yesterday, we ripped into two Italian journalists, Fabrizio Romano and Emanuele Giulianelli who we believed had fabricated Liverpool stories.
They claimed that we were interested in Mateo Kovacic and that a £24m bid for the Real Madrid midfielder would be enough to be accepted.
Today, our fears over the validity of their claims were largely proven correct with Guilianelli posting an article for Tribal Football in which he claimed we could sell Roberto Firmino to Manchester City and buy Napoli’s Marek Hamsik instead!
He said we’d already submitted a €45m bid for Hamsik, and offered him a four year deal on €6m yearly wages, while again stating that we’ll buy Kovacic for €30m.
In his invented transfer merry-go-round, Firmino would be sold to City, who in turn would offload Raheem Sterling to Bayern Munich! Oh, and Martin Skrtel would join Roma so that Nicolas N’Koulou can come to Liverpool.
You can check out Giulianelli’s Twitter timeline… It’s pretty jaw-dropping.
The sheer audacity of these claims… He hasn’t just made one bold suggestion, but casually dropped six in a single article! If he’s got this right, we’ll worship the ground he walks on – but for about one thousand reasons – it’s pretty obvious he hasn’t.
Liverpool will not even consider selling Firmino to anyone. Hamsik’s unattainable. Bayern have no need for Sterling and we don’t need a Skrtel replacement having already acquired Joel Matip.
If you’re up for a good laugh, give this guy a read, but please don’t get your hopes up!