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Liverpool are set to open talks with German club Hoffenheim over a deal for midfielder Roberto Firmino.
The Reds have been tracking Firmino closely in the last few months, and now manager Brendan Rodgers wants to push ahead with a deal.
According to reports in Germany, Liverpool chief Ian Ayre will fly out to open negotiations with Hoffenheim over 22-year-old in the coming days.
Firmino, a creative midfielder who can play on the wing or as a striker, is also a target for Chelsea after scoring 16 goals and picking up 11 assists in 33 matches last term.
He was unlucky to miss out on a place in the Brazil squad for the World Cup, but he has a bright future in the game.
Liverpool value him at about £15million but could go to £20million to get their man.
, Roberto Firmino
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