Louis van Gaal has already begun strengthening his squad ahead of next season’s Champions League campaign and, after the signing of Memphis Depay, it looks as though a second player will be walking through the doors at Old Trafford shortly.
Depay was officially presented to the media as a Manchester United player last week and van Gaal has wasted no time in following that up with the signing of Brazil international Roberto Firmino.
The 23-year-old is a versatile attacking central midfielder currently plying his trade with 1899 Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.
Firmino can play on either wing or as a shadow striker but his best position is in the centre of the park.
Last season, he was involved in 22 goals (10 scored, 12 assisted) in all competitions and lit up the German league with his pace and ability to dribble through opponents.
In fact, in the last two seasons, only Lionel Messi (258) and Eden Hazard (254) have completed more successful dribbles than Firmino who has 244 to his name.
United currently have just the one player capable of adequately filling the attacking midfielder role in the form of Juan Mata, so the Brazilian would be a welcome addition to the squad.
He has represented the Hoffe on 152 occasions and has been directly involved in 84 goals in that time, an average of 21 per season.
Firmino offers an exciting mix of flare and composure which has been missing from United’s ranks since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Real Madrid in 2009.
A fee of £13.1m has reportedly been agreed between the Red Devils and Hoffenheim and it could prove to be the bargain of the summer.