This £12m-rated striker is one hot prospect, but it may be a big headache when it comes to trying to secure his services from the myriad of owners this teenager appears to have!
Liverpool won’t be able to pick up Brazilian striker Keirrison on the cheap.
The Daily Mail says Valencia and Barcelona have been tracking the teenager for a year and reports last week said Liverpool had entered the race to sign him.
His contract with Coritiba runs out in April and his representatives are thought to have offered Keirrison to a number of clubs.
But the player has now signed a contract with sports marketing firm Traffic, who will demand a hefty fee to transfer the player to Europe.
In the kind of carve-up typical in South America, Traffic have reached an agreement to ‘own’ 80 per cent of the player for the next four years, with the final 20 per cent yet to be secured from Coritiba.
Keirrison’s new owners have close links with Palmeiras and hope to transfer him to the Sao Paulo club in time for the Paulista state championship in January – if they can agree a fee with Coritiba for the early release from his contract.
However, the move to third-party ownership could mean the 6ft striker is transferred to Europe soon enough as his new paymasters look to maximise the return on their investment. (tribalfootball.com)
This could be a difficult one for Benitez, or indeed anyone who wishes to purchase this talented Brazilian youngster. He appears to have a similar contract deal to that of Carlos Tevez, where essentially the player is ‘owned’ by a number of parties, which can of course create confusion as well as being morally dubious. This kid can’t stop scoring goals for his Coritiba team, and any potential confusion may be worth it if he is as promising as we have been led to believe.
However, Rafa better make sure that he buys the player outright, otherwise he may have to deal with another slimeball like Kia Joorabchian for years to come! Do Liverpool fans think that the club should continue to plan for the future or use the money to buy players who can help the club’s title push this term?