The Brazilian midfielder who seemed set to join arch-rivals Manchester United has now been announced as Liverpool’s latest signing in this transfer window. Roberto Firmino will become the most expensive transfer in Bundesliga history, after the Reds agreed to pay a fee believed to be €41 million, just slightly more than the sum that Bayern Munich paid Athletic Bilbao for the services of Javi Martinez in 2012. The fee is significantly higher than the initially speculated amount of around €20 million, when it first became clear that the midfielder would be leaving Bundesliga club Hoffenheim for the English Premier League.
Firmino will join fellow Brazilian attacking midfielder Coutinho, with whom he currently plays for Brazil at the Cope America. The incredibly talented 23-year old will add further firepower to Liverpool’s squad which looks better and better with every passing minute of the transfer window. After James Milner, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez and Divock Origi, Firmino is the fifth major addition at Anfield. Even with the likely departure of Raheem Sterling, the team now look competitive enough for a title race, and with the transfer window set to remain open for a number of weeks, this team might be a title favourite by late August.