Manchester United agree £13.1m fee for Roberto Firmino

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Manchester United have agreed to pay Hoffenheim £13.1 million for Roberto Firmino this summer, with the attacking midfielder set to undergo a medical whilst playing at the Copa America in Chile.

According to talkSPORT, Louis van Gaal is so keen to sign the Brazil international that the Red Devils have met the Bundesliga outfit's asking price without any haggling, in an attempt to quickly finalise a deal that will bring the player to Old Trafford.

Firmino enjoyed an outstanding 2014/15 campaign at the Rhein-Neckar Arena, contributing 12 goals and ten assists as Markus Gisdol's side narrowly missed out on qualification for next year's Europa League.

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His versatility means that the 23-year-old can play in a variety of different positions across the midfield, which will be a huge bonus for Van Gaal if he has anywhere near the same kind of injury problems that ravaged his squad during the first half of his debut season at the Theatre of Dreams.

The capture of Firmino should be regarded as something of a transfer coup for Manchester United, says Bundesliga expert Kevin Hatchard, who believes the South American star will be a huge success in England's top-flight.

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"Firmino has been consistently loyal to Hoffenheim, and he surprised a few people by agreeing a new deal last March," he explained. "He feels the club has helped him develop as a player, but after Hoffenheim failed to qualify for Europe, it seems like the right time to move on.

"He's been on United's radar for a long time, and they'll have been impressed by his ability to have a positive impact on games week-in week-out.

"If United get him for the figures being quoted, they'll have pulled off a big coup."

Firmino played and scored the only goal during Brazil's 1-0 win over Honduras in Wednesday's international friendly, and is expected to play an important role for the 2014 World Cup hosts after impressing in his short international career so far.

The only thing Manchester United fans might question is whether they actually require another attack-minded midfield player, or if their veteran Dutch coach should be focusing on strengthening other areas of his senior squad.

Would you like to see Roberto Firmino playing in the Premier League next season? Do you think he'll be a positive acquisition for the Red Devils? Share your thoughts in the comment box below...

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