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Manchester United transfer target Roberto Firmino misses sitter for Brazil

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Manchester United target Roberto Firmino produced the miss of the tournament so far at the Copa America as Brazil fell to a 1-0 loss to Colombia last night. 

The Seleção striker was presented with an open goal when Brazil were trailing, but blazed his opportunity over the bar, meaning that the tournament favourites have it all to do in their final group game against Venezuela.

Colombia's victory meant that Brazil's 11-match unbeaten streak under manager Dunga came to a sudden halt, and further concern will go towards their tournament hopes, as star striker Neymar was sent off following the final whistle, after kicking the ball against an opponent and aiming a headbutt at Jeison Murillo.

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Group C is extremely hard to split, with Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil all square on three points.

Transfer to England

Firmino earned a starting spot in Brazil's XI against Colombia, but failed to impress, not only missing a glorious opportunity to put the Seleção level, but overall failing to have an impact on the game.

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The 23-year old has been subject to heavy rumours surrounding a move this summer, and as reported by Sky, the striker's agent has confirmed that a move to England is likely to be on the cards. 

Manchester United and Liverpool are thought to be frontrunners for the Hoffenheim starlet, and a figure of £22 million has been touted as being needed to prise him away from the Bundesliga.

Fine form in the Bundesliga

Despite showing a lack of composure against Colombia, Firmino was a stand-out performer for Hoffenheim last season, scoring seven goals and assisting a further 10. 

If Galatasaray are successful in their approach for Robin Van Persie, which was reported in the Daily Star, the Brazilian could be an ideal replacement upfront. 

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