According to reports in Brazil, Liverpool and Fluminese have agreed upon a deal regarding the sale of Marcelo Pitaluga as per UOL.
The Premier League champions will reportedly pay €2 million (£1.82m) for the 17-year-old goalkeeper after a sell-on clause was agreed which indicates that Fluminese will keep 25 per cent of any future deal if Liverpool ever choose to sell.
Due to the fact Pitaluga already has a German passport, he will not have to wait until his 18th birthday to leave Brazil and the teenager will prepare for his arrival on Merseyside accompanied by his family.
The report claims that a deal will be closed in a few days with only bureaucratic procedures and contractual arrangements currently left to discuss.
Fluminese were previously reluctant to sell the Brazil U17 international but due to the uncertain economic climate and financial ramifications following the ongoing pandemic have effectivlety meant that the club had no choice but to cash in while they could.
Liverpool have been monitoring the situation regarding Pitaluga extensively for the past year with the club carrying out a thorough analysis as to whether the goalkeeper was a viable option in the long-term for the club.
Negotiations are said to have ‘intensified’ in the last few days afrer concerns regarding Pitaluga’s contract, which is due to expire in February 2022 meant Fluminese couldn’t risk losing the player for nothing given he already has a European passport.
The report also claims that Pitaluga and his family’s desire has been to move to Europe and Liverpool are set to sweeten the deal by offering Pitaluga’s father a job on Merseyside as per Globa Esparta.
The idea is for Liverpool to develop Pitaluga for the next five to six years until he’s ready to take Alisson’s position in at the Anfield helm as his eventual successor.
What RTK has to say
This is a deal that has been in the works for some time now as Liverpool look to move one step ahead towards the future.
Liverpool are already blessed with an array of talented goalkeepers at the club in the form of Caimhin Kelleher and Kamil Grabara with the latter reportedly closing in on a loan move with Greek outfit PAOK although whether on loan or permanently remains to be seen.
The attraction between Pitaluga and Liverpool was also aided by the prospect of the goalkeeper linking up with his countryman and reigning FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year Alisson Becker.
Alisson’s brother Muriel also plays for Fluminese and Pitaluga is said to have exchanged a series of conversations with the shot-stopper which have proven to have convinced the teenager that his future prospects are best served at Anfield.
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