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Liverpool plan last-ditch attempt to hijack Man United transfer swoop for £20m Brazilian star

Hoffenheim star on Anfield and Old Trafford radars.

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Liverpool will look to beat Manchester United to the signing of Hoffenheim playmaker Roberto Firmino according to Globesporte [via the Daily Star].

The Brazilian international has been hotly tipped to move to Old Trafford and the attacking midfielder’s agent has stated his client is set to move to England.

Firmino has been at Hoffenheim since January 2011 and his standout campaign in 2013/14 brought him to a wider audience, the 23-year-old bagging 22 goals in all competitions. His continued good form last term could well lead to an imminent move to the Premier League.

Man United have Champions League action to offer Firmino, though the cultured attacker may consider his chances of regular first-team action greater at Liverpool.

The Daily Star rate the Bundesliga star at a value of £20m, and his current involvement in the Copa America finals in Chile may delay moves to complete any summer transfer.

The presence of national team colleagues Lucas Leiva and Philippe Coutinho may also add weight to Liverpool’s cause, although one also wonders how much in the way of transfer budget Brendan Rodgers will be handed this summer.

Rodgers has brought in three free agents thus far, James Milner, Adam Bogdan and Danny Ings, and this is perhaps a sign as to how the Liverpool boss may have to forage for bargains.

Man United on the other hand will spend £200 million on new players this summer, according to striker Robin van Persie [via Daily Express], and have already signed young Dutch flyer Memphis Depay.

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