Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have been told that they can sign Hoffenheim duo Roberto Firmino and Kevin Volland - but only in the summer and not in the January window.
Firmino has been on the radar of a host of clubs for some time now. He bagged 16 goals last season and has looked solid so far this campaign, scoring three times in 12 appearances in the Bundesliga.
Manchester United appear to be undergoing something of a striker upheaval at the moment with doubts about Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, which could pave the way for a swoop for the 23-year-old in the new year. Team-mate Kevin Volland has also been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Chelsea will also likely shuffle their pack up front with Didier Drogba only a short-term option for the Blues, while both Diego Costa and Loic Remy have both been out injured this season at various points. Arsenal too could do with a new forward, despite landing Danny Welbeck over the summer.
However all three have been told they will have to wait if they want to sign Firmino, with Hoffenheim sporting director Alexander Rose ruling out the possibility of a transfer in the January window.
"Until the end of the season neither of them will move because if you watch them play you understand that have not been forced to remain in Hoffenheim, but they are happy to play with this team," he told Sport 1.
"We know that we can not keep them with us until the end of their careers and teams who have significant market offerings, but no we think about it. In the summer we'll see."
According to the Daily Star, Firmino, who made his debut for Brazil in the international break, comes with a £20 million price tag, while Volland is likely to cost in the region of £17 million.
Chelsea and Arsenal appear to have prioritised a move for fellow Bundesliga star Marco Reus in January, while Manchester United have also been linked. The Borussia Dortmund ace will cost in the region of £25 million.News Now - Sport News