Roberto Firmino
Fermino (R), dubbed 'the new Kaka', can play in the no.10, winger or even the forward roles.Reuters file

Manchester United are reportedly set to rival Liverpool by making an approach for Hoffenheim playmaker and Reds' long-time target Roberto Firmino.

The Brazilian enjoyed a stellar season with the German club last year, notching 22 goals and 15 assists from 37 appearances in all competitions. The midfielder has now carried his good form into the new season as well, with five goals and five assists from 12 matches.

Fermino's consistent performances were rewarded by Brazil head coach Dunga, who gave the 23-year-old his first senior international cap in the Selecao's friendly with Turkey on Wednesday.

Liverpool have been keeping tabs on Fermino for some time and though a move failed to materialise in the summer, Brendan Rodgers' side still remain interested in the player.

However, according to the Metro and Spanish news source Fichajes, United are now keen to beat their archrivals in the race for the former Figueirense star, by making a £25m bid in January.

Fermino, dubbed 'the new Kaka', can play in the no.10, winger or even the forward roles. Blessed with pace, skills and technique, the Brazil international is also a good finisher. Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Zenit St Petersburg had also expressed an interest in the playmaker previously.

Meanwhile, United midfielder Michael Carrick has stated that he is eager to sign a contract extension with the club.

The 33-year-old's current deal with the Red Devils will expire at the end of the season but the club has the option of extending it by another 12 months, if Louis van Gaal decides so.

Carrick revealed he is yet to enter negotiations with United regarding an extension but believes it will happen in the near future.

"It will probably be around Christmas or after that," the England international said. When asked whether he wanted to stay on at Old Trafford, he replied: "Of course. I've got nowhere else to go."

Carrick will miss England's Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia due to a groin injury.