Liverpool agree deal with Fluminese for young Brazilian keeper
Liverpool have agreed a deal with Brazilian side Fluminese for young keeper Marcelo Pitaluga, according to reports.
The club has been linked with Pitaluga since pictures emerged of him training with current number one Alisson Becker.
And now it looks like they’re on the verge of signing him on a permanent deal.
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According to Fluminese (via the Daily Star), they’ve agreed on a £1 million deal for the player.
He will now have a medical and agree personal terms before the transfer is finalised.
Speaking about the move, Pitaluga said: “I am very grateful to Fluminese. It was 10 years in the club, from futsal, passing through Xerem, until reaching the professional.
“I have always been treated very well and had all the assistance necessary for my development, both personally and as an athlete.
“This opportunity that came up will be very important to me. It was a unique opportunity, mainly for having a European passport.”
Pitaluga holds a German passport, which means Liverpool can sign him before the age of 18. Typically, Brazilian players cannot move abroad before this age.
His passport also means he won’t require a work permit, so the transfer could be completed in the coming days.
Liverpool have been scouting Pitaluga ever since he came into contact with his compatriot Alisson.
It’s unclear whether the player will go into the first team or reserves, but he could be loaned out back to Fluminese for experience.
The Anfield side already have Alisson between the posts and Adrian as backup.
Pitaluga is set to become the club’s second summer signing, following the arrival of Kostas Tsimikas. The Greece international joined from Olympiacos for £11.75 million.
Liverpool are also in the race to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich, although no deal has materialised just yet.
They’ve been put on high alert after PSG star Kylian Mbappe told the club he wants to leave at the end of this season.
Liverpool’s first Premier League fixture ended in a 4-3 victory after an exciting match against Leeds United.
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