Roberto Firmino remains in Brazil on holiday following the Copa America, having been given three weeks to rest up following the tournament before joining up with Liverpool later this month. One potential stumbling block, though, has reportedly been overcome, following news that the attacker has passed his medical.
According to the Liverpool Echo, team doctor Andy Massey was sent to Brazil over the weekend to oversee the player’s medical, which Firmino has now passed. With the fees agreed and a contract signed, any unexpected issues discovered during the medical were realistically the only things standing in the way of calling the deal completely done.
There does still remain the issue of a work permit, but following some concerns amongst Liverpool fans that Firmino might not automatically qualify, the FA took the unusual step to publicly comment on the case ahead of time. Not entirely surprisingly, their comment amounted to telling Liverpool fans not to worry and that Firmino would get it.
The 23-year-old attacker has signed a five-year deal reported to be in the £100k per week neighbourhood, and Liverpool are paying £29M to bring him to Anfield from Hoffenheim—with around £18M of that going to the club and the remainder clearing up third-party ownership issues.