Agent of Hoffenheim attacking midfielder Firmino has confirmed that the Brazilian attacker, who has been strongly linked with Manchester United, will move to England in the summer.
The 23-year-old midfielder is coming of the back of another impressive campaign with Hoffenheim as he scored 10 goals and provided 10 assists in all competitions. His performances over the past two seasons has drawn a lot of attention all across Europe with scouts from Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Lazio keeping a close eye on his progress.
This summer the Brazilian international has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United as the Red Devils look to bolster their squad ahead of next season. Some reports in English media have also insisted that cross town rivals Manchester City are also monitoring his situation at the Bundesliga club.
Firminoa s agent, Roger Wittmann, has now confirmed that the South American youngster will move to England, although he has refused to state his exact destination.
a I can only say that he will go to Englanda a Wittmann said in an interview to Bild.
Bundesliga expert, Daniel Busch, has revealed on twitter that Hoffenheim are unlikely to sell for anything under a 30m, contradicting reports on ESPN (Brasil) that both the clubs have reached an agreement of a 18m. Any official announcement on Firminoa s future is unlikely to arrive before the end of Copa America.
Roberto Firmino’s agent confirms that his client will move to England, but can’t confirm his next club yet. Hoffenheim want about a 30m.
a Daniel Busch (@dan_bu) June 15, 2015
The Brazilian has previously expressed his desire to fulfil his contract with the German club, which runs till 2017, but with agent confirm his move to the Premier League, it seems all but a formality. Meanwhile according a report published in La Gazzetta dello Sport both . Manchester City and Arsenal are lining up a move for Firmino.
City are reportedly looking for a new attacking midfielder with Samir Nasria s future in doubts at the club. Uniteda s interest in Firmino is harder to explain considering they already have Angel Di Maria and Juan Mata, who can play similar roles in the starting line-up, that is unless Louie van Gaal sees him as someone who can be developed into a striker.