Man Utd Set To Beat Liverpool To Signing Of €25m Brazilian Playmaker

By on March 21, 2015

The January transfer window may be closed but that won’t stop the newspapers from speculating ahead of the summer so we’ll bring you all the news and gossip. Today, Man Utd close in on a deal for Liverpool target Firmino….

Manchester United are set to beat Liverpool to the signing of €25-rated Hofenheim attacker Roberto Firmino with Louis van Gaal making the Brazilian a top summer target, according to reports.

Firmino has developed into one of the best playmakers in the Bundesliga since moving to Hoffenheim in 2010 and enjoyed his breakthrough season last year when he scored 22 goals and provided 11 assists in 37 appearances.

That sort of form led to interest from throughout Europe with the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United all reportedly keeping a close eye on his progress over the past 18 months.

Despite not reaching the heights of last season, Firmino has still managed 8 goals and 9 assists this campaign and reports last week suggested that Liverpool were ready to steal a march on their rivals with Brendan Rodgers lining-up a €25m offer.

However, fresh reports today are suggesting that Manchester United are now in pole position with the Metro claiming that Louis van Gaal is desperate to land the 23-year-old this summer.

The newspaper believes that United are ready to table a ‘huge’ offer of their own and are confident of wrapping up a deal to lure the talented Brazilian international to England ahead of the likes of Liverpool.

It remains to be seen how much truth there is behind this latest report but Firmino would be an exciting signing if van Gaal could pull it off. The South American is predominantly used as an attacking midfielder but he can play on the wing and even up front, so he’d give the Dutchman plenty of options in the final third.

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However, I’m sure Liverpool haven’t given up hope of taking him to Anfield just yet so we’ll have to keep a close eye on how things develop over the coming weeks ahead of the summer transfer window.

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