Roberto Firmino has had been a standout player at Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, particularly this season. This has been noticed by several of clubs around Europe with Everton now being the latest club to be linked to the Brazilian, according to the Daily Mail.
Firmino has been in sensational form this season having scored 19 goals so far this season, with an additional 13 assists. This impact has come from a variety of positions as, although primarily an attacking midfielder, Firmino has also been deployed as a wide player and as a striker this season.
Understandably Hoffenheim are keen not to let their player leave so readily and as such have just last month signed Firmini to a new four year deal.
Firmini was brought to Germany as a teenager having started his career with Figueirense in Brazil.
There he helped the side to promotion to the Brazillian Serie A in 2010 while been named player of the year in the division. He would not play in the top division as Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim came calling for his services, a place that Firmino adapted to quickly.
I feel very comfortable here. I like how the club play an exciting football and the team spirit is great.”
At Hoffenheim, Firmino has been a key part helping the club establish itself as a stable top flight side, though a blip occurred last season with the need for victory in a relegation playoff which they came through.
Having preserved their position in the Bundesliga, Hoffenheim have played much better this season now sitting in the top half of the table with Firmino being a standout player in the side.
There is a long list of sides rumored to be interested in his signature with Manchester United and Merseyside rivals Liverpool joining Everton in being connected with the 15 million rated player. However in March he signed a new four year contract with Hoffenheim so the asking price may be even higher, though the Hoffenheim chairman at least is hopeful of keeping Firminio at the club.
We are very happy that we have succeeded in keeping Roberto Formino at the club as he is an enormously important part of our young team here at Hoffenheim”
Firmino is an undoubted talent, a fact that Hoffenheim are acutely aware of. As such the bidding contest for his contract is sure to be fierce for it to be possible to prise Firmino away from his club this Summer.