Liverpool are in the mix after Fluminense teenager Kayky rejected a contract renewal. They’re not the only ones looking, however.
This comes from UOL in Brazil. They claim that Kayky ‘is getting closer and closer to European football’.
That comes after he rejected a new contract with Fluminense. Kayky’s current deal expires in December 2022, meaning the Brazilians have around 18 months to fetch a fee for him.
And if Europe is his destination, the most likely time is this summer. The summer is also significant as that’s when Kayky turns 18 – the earliest age he can move from Brazil.
The report mentions two teams as interested – Liverpool and Shakhtar Donetsk.
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The latter have already got a representative in Brazil discussing terms with Kayky. They’ll be tough opposition for Liverpool, too, as we detailed here.
As for the Reds, they’re yet to make any kind of offer to anyone. Instead, they’re apparently considering a similar offer to the one they made Marcelo Pitaluga.
Liverpool signed the young goalkeeper from Fluminense this season, so there’s a precedent there.
But as the report states, Shakhtar may well up their own offer now that Liverpool are sniffing about.
What RTK has to say
That last line feels like an important one. We can’t help but feel if this is a fine example of using a club’s name to drive up a price.
There’s nothing to suggest Liverpool are even close to making an offer, let alone signing Kayky. It’s also suspect that we only learn of the Reds’ interest after Shakhtar made their own offer.
Still, Kayky is highly-rated and rejecting a contract offer means he’s available. We won’t pretend there’s excitement at him potentially showing up at Liverpool.
Signing the next-big-thing from Brazil is always a nice prospect. But we won’t hold our breath on this one.