​Liverpool midfielder Roberto Firmino is reportedly being eyed up by new Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola in a potentially stunning move, ​TribalFootball.com reports.


Italian football journalist Emanuele Giulianelli has suggested that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Guardiola is interested in bringing the Brazilian international to the Etihad this summer, in a bid to bolster his attacking options ahead of his first campaign as a manager in the Premier League.

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The Spanish coach will have been familiar with Firmino's style of play and strengths, having watched him from the Bayern Munich dugout when the 24-year-old played for Bundesliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, before moving to Anfield for the start of last season.


Under two different managers, Firmino's first season in England was mixed. With Brendan Rodgers, the Brazilian looked to be taking his time adapting to life in England, however his flourishing relationship with current manager Jurgen Klopp has improved his game dramatically, ending the season with 10 goals.

Giulianelli also suggests that the potential move would end the City career of the underachieving winger Raheem Sterling, who signed for the Manchester club from Liverpool last summer for a fee of £50m. 


Sterling has struggled to pick up the scintillating form he showed in a Liverpool shirt, scoring just six goals in 31 appearances for City last season, and reports indicate that Guardiola is ready to replace the stalling English talent for a proven player.


Giulianelli has also claimed that should Sterling be relieved of his services at City, new Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti would be interested in discussing a potential deal with the player, as he looks to kick off his career at the German giants with some astute signings.


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