Liverpool have completed the signing of Hoffenheim’s Brazilian attacker Roberto Firmino for an undisclosed fee, subject to a medical.
Reds’ chief executive Ian Ayre flew out to Chile – where Firmino currently is for the Copa America – to wrap up a deal worth €40 million, with €30m paid to the Bundesliga club up front and a potential €10m in add-ons.
The 23-year-old will complete a medical after the conclusion of the tournament and has penned terms on a long-term contract at Anfield.
Firmino has also attracted interest from Manchester United, having scored 10 goals and provided 12 assists in all competitions last season, but has now opted to join Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The attacking midfielder, who can also play as a striker, has spent four years with Hoffenheim and made his international debut in November 2014 after impressing in the Bundesliga.
Liverpool’s acquisition of Firmino may have been accelerated by Manchester City’s interest in Raheem Sterling, with the Premier League giants looking to buy the 20-year-old this summer.
City are set to make a final €63m offer for Sterling – who has told Liverpool he wants to leave – in the coming days, and Firmino may indeed have been acquired as a replacement ahead of the England international’s proposed departure.