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Arsenal Set To Challenge Inter Milan For Bundesliga Star

by Tom Seymour

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Hoffenheim Roberto Firmino

Both clubs are interested in Hoffenheim’s Firmino.

Interest in Hoffenheim attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino is hotting up as Arsenal join Inter Milan in the race for the 22-year-old’s signature, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

The Brazilian had an impressive season in the Bundesliga in 2013/14, scoring 16 goals and providing 10 assists from the No.10 role and this has attracted plenty of interest.

Inter are keen on bringing Firmino to the San Siro, but with limited funds have asked Hoffenheim if the South American could be taken on-loan for 12 months with an option to buy next summer.

This is something the German club are less keen on and would want to make some money if they were forced into selling one of their best players.

This is where the Gunners come in, as chief executive Ivan Gazidis has already admitted that manager Arsene Wenger has plenty of funds to spend this summer, having signed Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy from FC Barcelona and Newcastle United already for a combined total of £47m.

Yet there would be question marks over whether the North London side need a player like Firmino when they already have the likes of Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla at the club.

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