Roberto Firmino will reportedly undergo a medical in Chile ahead of a purported move to Manchester United. The 23-year-old, who is currently on international duty with the 2014 World Cup hosts ahead of the Copa America, will allegedly cost the Red Devils €30m.
Firmino played and scored the only goal of the game during Brazil’s 1-0 friendly victory over Honduras on Wednesday, and has impressed in his short international career so far. 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 can play in a variety of midfield roles, contributing 12 goals and 10 assists as Hoffenheim narrowly missed out on Europa League qualification. It is reported that United, as they did with the £25m capture of Memphis Depay last month, have pipped arch rivals Liverpool to the Brazilian’s signature.
Firmino is widely regarded as one of the flag bearers of a new Brazilian generation, with the national side still recovering from last summer’s humbling to Germany in the World Cup semi-finals. And he has made a promising start for his country, too, netting three goals from his six appearances, including an impressive strike against Chile at the Emirates Stadium in March.