Roberto Firmino’s £29 million transfer to Liverpool could be investigated by FIFA

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Roberto Firmino of Liverpool reacts to the final whistle during the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Southampton, England.
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After news emerged earlier this week that Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United is being investigated by FIFA, it appears Roberto Firmino’s transfer to Liverpool could be too.

The footballing world was shocked last summer by Manchester United’s astounding £89 million purchase of Paul Pogba. Social media platforms swelled under the weight of the number of supporters wanting to have their say on the matter.

It has emerged this week that Paul Pogba’s transfer is shocking for more than one reason. The Frenchman cost United £89 million and of that whopping sum, nearly £40 million went to super-agent Mino Raiola for negotiating the deal.

This has all been revealed by Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football.

If that isn’t evidence of why agents are bad for football then I don’t know what is. If Pogba had been transferred to United to £40 million less than he was, it’s arguable that he could have performed better without the pressure of such an overshadowing price tag

FIFA could be interested in investigating Roberto Firmino’s £29 million transfer from Hoffenheim to Liverpool, according to The Mirror.

As it turns out, Hoffenheim has received just £5.8 million of the £29 million, with Dietmar Hopp’s company Transfair receiving the rest – Hopp is the owner of the Bundesliga club. The Mirror claim that it has been alleged that Hopp withdrew his business interest in the company just days later.

There is no implication that Liverpool has done anything wrong but, nonetheless, it’s not something that the club should want to be associated with.

Jürgen Klopp has big plans for the summer transfer window which all depend on Liverpool’s ability to finish in the top four. Fortunately, the Reds need to win just two games against West Ham and Middlesbrough to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Virgil Van Dijk, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah are the names being circulated at the moment – all of which could take Liverpool to the next level.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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