Liverpool have announced the capture of Manchester United target Roberto Firmino, with the deal now only subject to a medical.
All in all the deal is thought to be costing the Reds around £29million, with the Brazilian having been one of Bundesliga’s most impressive talents last season.
It's a done deal
The confirmation was revealed by Liverpool this morning via their Twitter page, and so long as Firmino can avoid injury in the Copa America he looks likely to pass his medical with flying colours.
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Firmino becomes the fifth signing that Brendan Rodgers has made prior to the start of the summer transfer window, with Danny Ings, James Milner, Adam Bogdan and Joe Gomes having all committed their futures to Anfield in recent weeks.
If nothing else it represents serious initiative shown by the Merseyside club at a time when people are questioning their credibility as elite-level challengers without the likes of Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard.
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The Reds were a meagre threat to the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal last season, this despite coming within a hair’s breadth of winning the Premier League the year before.
Not only is the deal for Firmino spell good news for Liverpool but it also deals a blow to their long-term rivals United, who were also known to be in the hunt for the Hoffenheim star’s signature.
The Red Devils have big transfer plans of their own this summer and Louis van Gaal was believed to be an admirer of Firmino’s talents, though he’ll now have to return to the drawing board.
Strength in the squad
At 23 Firmino has plenty of time to adjust to the English way of playing and become a serious asset for Liverpool as they bid to restore their form glory.
Individuals such as Mario Balotelli, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert have failed to make much of an impression since moving to Anfield last summer, but there remains great talent within Rodgers’ squad through the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.
Tuning the defence?
Now that Rodgers has sufficiently improved his team’s attacking capabilities through the aforementioned additions he could turn to doing the same with the defence. Though Simon Mignolet was initially blamed for Liverpool’s woes at the back last term he turned his form around whilst others failed to do so.
Though Simon Mignolet was initially blamed for Liverpool’s woes at the back last term he turned his form around whilst others failed to do so.
Most Reds fans would likely welcome the purchase of a strong new centre-half to tighten things alongside Martin Skrtel, though what Rodgers’ transfer budget now looks like - unless he decides to sell someone - after the Firmino deal is anyone’s guess.
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