Brazilian press: Liverpool battle Manchester United for Roberto Firmino, will cost €25m

Liverpool have reportedly joined the race to sign Hoffenheim playmaker Roberto Firmino.

According to Brazilian newspaper Globo Esporte, Liverpool are showing a strong interest in signing Hoffenheim playmaker Roberto Firmino.

The Reds have already made three signings this summer, with Adam Bogdan, James Milner and Danny Ings all arriving at the end of their contracts with Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City and Burnley respectively.

Manager Brendan Rodgers will now be looking to add more players ahead of the new season, with Brazilian international Firmino an alleged target.

The 23-year-old is currently on international duty with Brazil as they look to win the 2015 Copa America, though he was only a substitute in the 2-1 win over Peru on Sunday.

Firmino enjoyed another fine season in Germany with Hoffenheim, hitting ten goals and ten assists having racked up a whopping 22 goals in the 2013/14 season.

Interest is naturally building, and Globo Esporte believe that Liverpool are now looking to beat rivals Manchester United to his signature - but he won't come cheap.

The report states that Hoffenheim will refuse to sell their star player for anything less than €25m (£18m), with Manchester City also credited with an interest in his signature.

Firmino will no doubt wait until after Copa America has finished early next month before deciding his future - and if he plays well for Brazil, Hoffenheim could even increase that asking price.

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