Sky Germany have confirmed that Brazil forward Roberto Firmino will leave Hoffenheim this summer in a €30 million deal - leaving Manchester United fans very excited.
It was reported on Thursday night that United had reached an agreement with Hoffenheim for the transfer of Firmino, 23, but for a fee worth £13.1 million.
This is at odds with the fee reported by Sky Germany - roughly £21.6 million - but it seems the South American could be heading to Old Trafford this summer.
Interestingly, Sky Germany say Firmino’s next destination is “unknown”, but the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been linked in recent months along with United.
It was reported in March that Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund and Schalke were also keen on the ex-Figueirense star who has scored 49 goals in 153 appearances for Hoffenheim.
Firmino's rapid rise to prominence
Firmino rose to prominence during the 2013-14 campaign, scoring an impressive 22 goals in 37 appearances.
His return has been less eye-catching this season - just 10 in 36 - but he has scored three goals in six appearances for the Brazil national team.
Firmino made his international debut in November and has been part of Dunga’s Brazil setup ever since.
He scored his first goal for his country against Austria in November; his second against Chile in a showpiece friendly at the Emirates Stadium in March, and his third against Honduras on Wednesday night.
If it is Manchester United who have won the race to secure his services, Louis van Gaal will no doubt have been impressed with the Brazilian’s versatility.
While his favoured position is just behind the central striker, as a No. 10, Firmino can also play in central midfield, out on the left in a 4-3-3, and upfront.
Van Gaal already possesses several options for the No. 10 role, however, and Firmino would face stiff competition to nail down that position on a permanent basis in Manchester United’s first team.
It’s imperative the Red Devils strengthen this summer after securing a top-four finish last season. Champions League football will be guaranteed if they can advance through their two-legged play-off tie in the final qualification round in August.
Firmino would be a useful signing for Manchester United, but is not the world-class star many fans would have been hoping for.
Manchester United fans: would you be happy if Roberto Firmino signs this summer? Have your say in the comments below!
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