Jack Lusby 11 May 2017
Roberto Firmino‘s £29 million move to Liverpool could be subject to a FIFA investigation, though there would be no ramifications for the Reds.
Firmino made the switch to Merseyside in 2015, leaving Hoffenheim after four years in the Bundesliga, and has taken up a key role under Jurgen Klopp.
The 25-year-old is now established as the Reds’ first-choice centre-forward, making 33 starts in the Premier League this season, scoring 12 and assisting 10 in all competitions.
According to new book, Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football, only £5.8 million of Firmino’s big-money fee went to Hoffenheim, with the rest going to a third party.
Transfair, a company owned Hoffenheim investor Dietmar Hopp, is said to have received £23.2 million, with the 77-year-old withdrawing from the company shortly after.
This is a similar situation to with Pogba, with suggestions that the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, received £23 million of the reported £89 million fee, and is due a further £16.39 million in instalments.