Brazil international Roberto Firmino is set to leave the Bundesliga this summer, Hoffenheim CEO Peter Rettig believes. Firmino, 23, has become a regular in the Brazil squad under new coach Carlos Dunga after not being called up by former Selecaoboss Luiz Felipe Scolari for the 2014 World Cup hosts last summer.
The agent of reported Chelsea target Roberto Firmino has hinted his client will be moving abroad this summer. The Hoffenheim star’s representative, Roger Wittman, had this to say when asked about the Brazilian’s future: “I don’t rule out that he’ll stay at Hoffenheim, and I also don’t rule out that he’ll stay in Bundesliga,” he explained, per Anderson’s piece. “But basically you have to expect a transfer abroad.”
The attacking midfielder has been linked with a move away from Hoffenheim, who finished the season in eighth position and outside the European qualification places. Firmino, has been identified by TxikiBegiristain, City’s sporting director and transfer fixer, as a player to make a big impact in the Premier League. Firmino is expected to be a potential replacement for YayaToure. The 23-year-old made his debut for Brazil last year and has also been assessed by Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Firmino is a skilful manipulator of the ball and someone who doesn’t mind doing the dirty work, as is evident by an average of 2.7 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per game in the Bundesliga last season, per WhoScored.com. The Hoffenheim star has been labelled as a creative force and an excellent goal scorer. The Brazil international has been in superb from this season after scoring nine times in 33 appearances, but has fallen well short of last year’s record when he notched 22 strikes.
The midfielder was also linked with Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, though the duo are believed to no longer be in the market for him after failing to reach their goals this season. His name has also been mentioned in relation to Bayern Munich, but Hoffenheim CEO Rettig said that he thinks the Brazil international will end his time in Germany after 140 appearances for the Kraichgau-based club.
When asked about the potential transfer fee, Rettig said anything from €30 million upwards “is not unrealistic,” but added that so far no clubs have made a move for Firmino. “Robert has turned into a top player here,” he said. “He became a Brazil international. But I am not aware of any offer. We’ll have to wait and see.”