Manchester United are set to sign Roberto Firmino from Bundesliga side Hoffeneheim, according to Brazilian reporter Jose Elias.
The Express are also reporting this story, and the newspaper claims United have agreed a fee with the attacking midfielder.
Speaking on Brasil ESPN’s Bate-Bola program today, Jose Elias made the statement that a €18m (£13m) deal is all but done for Firmino to join United, and the player will complete his United medical while on Brazil duty at the Copa America. He is then expected to join after the tournament ends, which could be as late as mid-July.
At 23 years of age, Roberto Firmino has a glistening CV. The attacking midfielder has made over 150 appearances already for German side Hoffeneheim, scoring almost 50 goals. This season Firmino raised eyebrows with his typically Brazilian like performances. A pacy and versatile player, Hoffeneheim’s number 10 has managed 10 assists in the league this season. In fact, in the last 2 seasons alone Firmino has bagged 32 goals – showing just how good he is.
Unsurprisingly, Firmino is a member of his national side. Thus far, he has appeared 6 times, scoring on 3 occasions. There is surely much more to come.
Whether or not Roberto Firmino is Manchester bound remains to be seen. It seems odd that a player of his calibre would be targeted by United, especially as the youngster shares a similar position to the likes of Juan Mata, Angel di Maria, Adnan Januzaj and new signing Memphis Depay. Manchester United are most certainly not a club short of players in the attacking midfield role.
However, Firmino is a player who is expected to leave Hoffeneheim this summer, so there may be substance to the rumours. Clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool are linked, but now it seems United are in poll position, if these reports are anything to go by.
At just £13 million, Roberto Firmino is in no doubt a bargain. He would surely fit in at United, even given the poor success the club has had with Brazilian’s in the past.