Liverpool’s new signing Marcelo Pitaluga will start training alongside Alisson Becker and Adrian at Melwood next week after completing a fortnight’s isolation following his arrival from Fluminese for an initial fee of £700,000, reports James Pearce of the Athletic.
According to The Telegraph, a fee for the teenage goalkeeper could rise to £1.8 million after Liverpool struck a deal that could see Pitaluga become Liverpool’s fourth confirmed signing of the summer joining the likes of Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota.
The youngster was able to link up with the Reds by virtue of holding a German passport. He had to complete a precautionary two weeks in isolation prior to his arrival on Merseyside, but he is expected to join the senior squad in training next week.
Liverpool still have Loris Karius on their wage bill and the German goalkeeper has yet to feature in any of Jurgen Klopp’s squads across three separate competitions, with the Reds hopeful they can find Kariues a new club before the window closes a week on Monday.
Pitaluga is well known to Liverpool’s No 1 and FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year Alisson because his brother, Muriel, plays for Fluminense. The trio have been pictured together on social media.
❗️JUST IN: Fluminense have agreed to sell goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga to Liverpool after they made a new and improved offer. The fee was of £1,82M and Fluminense will keep a 20% sell on clause on the Brazilian. Pitaluga spoke with Alisson via his brother Muriel. [@UOLEsporte] pic.twitter.com/YHyF4BYm7j
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) September 9, 2020
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 recently touted with a loan move with Greek outfit PAOK although whether on loan or permanently remains to be seen.
The plan is for Pitaluga to learn under the tutelage of Alisson and eventually become the eventual heir to Liverpool’s irreplaceable No.1.
What RTK has to say
A deal for Pitaluga is certainly an exciting addition that makes a lot of sense financially.
Alisson is only 27 and is still years off his goalkeeping peak which indicates it’s smart for Liverpool to get ahead of the game while they can.
If they wait until Alisson reaches an age where he needs replacing suddenly Liverpool will have to splash out eye-watering figures to find a goalkeeper ready-made to match the quality of a shot-stopper who is regarded arguably the best in his position in world football.
Liverpool will want to avoid a situation similar to Chelsea when the Blues were forced to find a replacement for Thibaut Courtois with just two weeks of the window remaining which forced a panic-buy for Kepa Arrizabalaga who joined from Atletic Bilbao in a world-record £72 million [BBC] deal for a goalkeeper in 2018.
Signing Pitaluga so young will allow the teenager to develop without the worry of media scrutiny and will allow him to be able to work closely with Ali over the years, picking up the tricks of the trade from the best in the game.
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