Keirrison joins Palmeiras
updated 15 January 2009 – see below** Coritiba striker, Keirrison, looks set for the Palestra Itália and Palmeiras.
The young forward had been linked with the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid and was joint top scorer in this year’s Brasileiro.
Keirrison has a contract with Coritiba until April next year but there is a chance that Palmeiras will get their man early next season if they can strike a deal with the Couto Pereira outfit.
While the move was officially announced by Palmeiras, there remains some doubt over Keirrison’s final destination. Palmeiras are feeling the heat after underachieving in the league. Their partnership with Traffic is also under strain after the football management company refused to release funds to buy forward, Kléber, from Dynamo Kiev.
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* On the 28th December Keirrison himself said that he will be staying at Coritiba until April when the local state championship ends. Interestingly, he also said that there is a possibility of signing for Palmeiras but that nothing is certain. Keirrison has however, signed a contract with football management group, Traffic, who are Palmeiras’ backers. According to his agent, Marcos Malaquias, the player has had offers from two European clubs: CSKA Russia and Valencia. Keirrrison was Coritiba’s top scorer with 41 goals in 2008.
** Palmeiras finally got their man after they struck a deal with Coritiba on 15 January 2009. Palmeiras will pay Coritiba around 1US$ million to get Keirrison now, instead of having to wait until his contract expires in April. But Palmeiras will not own the player. This is shared between Traffic who have 80% of him and Coritiba who’ll have the rest. The upshot is that Keirrison could still be sold to a European side in less than six months.