The Merseyside club are ready to sign Fluminense shot-stopper Marcelo Pitaluga having agreed on a fee. It’s claimed that the Reds will be paying €2m for the Brazilian goalkeeper having reached a breakthrough in negotiations with the South American club.
Fluminense will though have a 25% sell-on clause in the deal, meaning they could earn more in the future. Pitaluga is only 17, but can immediately make the move because he has a German passport, meaning he can head over to the Premier League now.
His family are heading to Liverpool with him, and it’s understood that Marcelo has spoken to Alisson about the move to Merseyside club. Alisson’s brother Muriel, who plays for Fluminense, has also offered advice to the 17-year-old goalkeeper and put him in contact with the Reds shot-stopper.
The Brazilian goalkeeper is U17 international and seems to have a bright future but he will face contest at Liverpool.
Liverpool already have several young shot-stoppers in Vitezslav Varos, Ben Winterbottom, Jakub Ojkrzynski and new signing Fabian Mrozek, so Marcelo will have to work hard to break through with Liverpool. Reds clearly see something in Marcelo, with UOL adding the club have been watching him since last year.
Fluminense are only one of many football clubs around the world to have been impacted by the global health crisis, meaning they’ve reluctantly agreed to cash in on their highly-rated prodigy. To be spending £2m on a teenager who has not even made a first-team appearance yet certainly suggests he’s a kid with big potential.