Chelsea could be set to significantly add to their attacking ranks this summer, with speculation suggesting that they are set to make an offer for Brazilian playmaker and Barcelona target Roberto Firmino.
According to reports in Germany cited by The Metro, Blues boss Jose Mourinho - whose first season back in the Premier League saw the Portuguese miss out on any trophy success - has given his approval for a bid of £15 million to be made to Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim in the coming days.
Just 22, versatile attacker Firmino has made quite an impression on German domestic football over recent months and is believed to be attracting attention from La Liga giants Barcelona as well as the likes of Liverpool and reigning European champions Bayern Munich.
Despite not representing one of the Bundesliga's biggest teams, the former Figueirense starlet has shone during the 2013/14 campaign, proving his considerable worth by netting 16 goals in just 33 appearances for Markus Gisdol's side.
Such nous and a clear knack for goals would certainly be well received at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea having struggled to coax regular goalscoring performances from the disappointing trio of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o.
Although Firmino - who sadly will not be going to the World Cup in his homeland this summer after being overlooked by former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari for his final 23-man squad - is not a natural striker, he can occupy a variety of positions in the final third and could act as the perfect accomplice for the likes of Diego Costa.
Whether £15 million will be enough to convince Hoffenheim into parting with such a stellar young talent remains to be seen at this stage.
However, with the likes of Barcelona evidently keen on his signature, Chelsea would be wise to attempt to get the deal sealed as soon as possible.
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