Liverpool are close to sealing a deal for Hoffenheim sensation Roberto Firmino. If the Reds succeed in completing the deal, Firmino would become the second most expensive signing (Andy Carroll was signed for £35m from Newcastle United four years ago) in the club’s history.
Tony Barrett of The Times report that Liverpool will meet Hoffenheim’s €40m asking price for the 23-year-old and the funds are in place for a deal to be done.
Premier League giants Manchester United were heavily linked with a move for Firmino as well, but it seems, Liverpool are putting up a strong effort in wrapping up the deal at the earliest.
Ian Ayre, the Liverpool’s chief executive, has travelled to Chile, to conclude negotiation on the proposed transfer. Firmino is participating in the Copa America at the moment, and although talks have yet to reach a successful conclusion, Liverpool hope they would to able to reach an agreement very soon.
Ayre was locked in negotiation last night with Firmino’s representatives in Santiago. The player’s agent Roger Wittmann has stated recently that the Brazilian attacking midfielder wants to move to the Barclays Premier League in the summer.
Liverpool have offered Firmino a five-year-contract that would make him one of the highest paid players at the club. Meanwhile Firmino insisted his next move “is in the hands of God” when asked about whether he will play in England next season.