According to reports in Germany, Roberto Firmino’s move away from Hoffenheim has been confirmed, and he will leave the club later this summer.
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However, while Sky Germany have reported that the German club have agreed a €30 million fee with the Brazil international’s suitors, the identity of his destination is not known.
It appears likely to be Manchester United, who were reported to have secured a deal for Firmino earlier in the week.
This report does, however, come in contrast to suggestions earlier in the week that a fee of £13.1 million had been agreed for the 23-year-old [TalkSPORT], with such a disparity between fees raising questions about the validity of reports.
While the exact value of the transfer may still be obscure, the latest reports can be considered as compelling evidence that the attacking midfielder will be heading to Old Trafford this summer.
— Sky Sport News HD (@SkySportNewsHD) June 12, 2015
However, with Sky Germany admitting that his next destination is ‘unknown’, there is a possibility that one of the Red Devils’ Premier League rivals have gazumped Louis van Gaal’s side to the signing of the majestic attacker.
Manchester City are known admirers of the player [Mirror], while the trio of Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have all previously been believed to harbour some hope of acquiring the talented Bundesliga star for themselves [Express].
While Firmino’s future club may still be unknown, the latest transfer fee quoted by Sky Germany does appear to be more realistic than the £13.1 million mooted by the media earlier in the week.
The offensive player scored seven goals and contributed 10 assists last season in 33 outings in the German top flight. While he excels as an attacking midfielder, he has also featured on the left of a front three, as a striker, or in a deeper midfield role.
The former Figueirense star made his Brazil debut in November 2014 and is currently with the national team competing at the 2015 Copa America.