Liverpool have agreed a £29m deal in principle to sign Hoffenheim midfielder Roberto Firmino.
The BBC reports that Firmino needs a work permit in order to complete a move but Liverpool’s chief executive Ian Ayre is in Chile to help push through a deal.
Reports in Brazil said Manchester United were very interested in signing Firmino and went as far as to say a deal was close. However, it looks clear now that Liverpool is going to be where the Brazilian midfielder moves to this summer.
As we said earlier this week, losing out on Firmino to Liverpool is not the worst thing in the world.
His natural role as an attacking midfielder is a position where United have lots of strength already and he’d find it hard to get regular game time under Louis van Gaal.
Earlier in the window, Memphis Depay chose United ahead of Liverpool and that’s the signing which has got fans very excited as he brings real strength to the wide positions which is something United were in real need of.
Out of Firmino and Depay, the Dutchman is the player who United needed most.
As is the case every transfer window, United are linked with so many players that it is impossible for them all to move to Old Trafford. It looks like we can add Firmino’s name to that list.