Liverpool are considering making an eleventh hour bid for Brazil and Hoffenheim star Roberto Firmino, according to reports on Saturday.
The news is reported by The Times‘ Tony Barrett and the equally reliable Paul Joyce of the Express, one of the most dependable journalists for Liverpool-related news, claims the Reds are interested in signing Firmino, along with Man United.
It’s reported that the club’s interest in the highly-rated 23-year-old has no bearing on whether Raheem Sterling remains on Merseyside or not beyond the summer, but that seems to be difficult to believe.
Liverpool will make a decision on whether to make a move for Firmino next week, and it has been confirmed by the Brazilian’s representative Rodger Wittmann, head of the ROGON sports management group, that he will definitely be a Premier League player next season.
Firmino is priced at around €30 million, and is a player capable of thriving on either flank or behind the striker in a ‘number 10’ role.
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Blessed with superb dribbling ability, creativity and a keen eye for goal, he could be potentially devastating alongside compatriot Philippe Coutinho.
It would appear United are still favourites for Firmino’s signature, however, with the lure of Champions League football possibly playing a big part in his eventual decision.
The report also claims that Liverpool are monitoring Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev closely, with the Russia international likely to feature very little at Santiago Bernabeu in the near future.
Joyce writes that the Reds would not be able to sign both Firmino and Cheryshev until certain players are relived of their duties at Anfield, however.
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