Hoffenheim boss Markus Gisdol believes that Arsenal target Roberto Firmino is worth the pricetag of around £25m being touted for his signature.
The Gunners were linked with the Brazilian sensation over the weekend, with reports suggesting that Arsene Wenger is lining him up to replace Santi Cazorla – wanted by Atletico Madrid – at the Emirates Stadium.
Firmino may not be a household name outside of the Bundesliga, but the 23-year-old’s return of 16 goals last season and a further six this term have boosted his reputation no end.
And with the tricky playmaker’s stock at an all-time high, Gisdol believes that he’s worth the massive valuation reports have suggested that he could go for:
“In general, the transfer fees that are being paid are mental,” he is quoted by Goal.
“Events on the transfer market decide asking prices, though.
“And when you have a great player, you have to aim high and go for the fee that the market dictates.”
Firmino is confortable on either flank or in a central, ‘No. 10’ position, and has two caps at senior international level after making his Selecao debut late last year.