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Liverpool Eye Up £9m Starlet: Rafa Takes Note of Nilton

Benitez interested in young Brazilian talent apparently?

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Sports - September 25, 2007

And – what’s this? – Liverpool are “eyeing” Vasco da Gama’s Nílton. “The 22-year-old scored a stunning overhead volley in Vasco’s 4-1 victory over Vila Nova and Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez has taken note”. Presumably by writing the words “scrd stun ovrhd voll in 4-1 vic” on a tatty pad he keeps in the kitchen but can never find whenever he’s talking to the electricity people on the phone. (Guardian)

Not sure how much of a pinch of salt to take with this speculation. The 22 year old defensive midfielder did indeed score a damned good goal for Vasco da Gama but I am not sure that is all one has to do to get the attention of a top notch Premier League club.

Scoring a wonderful overhead kick obviously gets you noticed but whether it is sufficient to get Europe’s top bosses to start calling your mobile is another matter. Methinks that the player’s agent got a little carried away and decided to conjure up some ‘slight mis truths’ to big up his client.

The Brazilian battler is currently plying his trade in the second tier of the Brazilian National league after Vasco got themselves relegated last term and may well be a decent player but the £9m rated former Under 20 international is not likely to be on Rafa’s shopping list any time soon.


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