Liverpool set to lose Keirrison to Barcelona

June 26, 2009 at 12:27 14 comments

Keirrison goes through the motions

Keirrison goes through the motions

Long-time Liverpool target, Keirrison, appears to be on his way to Barcelona – at least according to his agent, Marcos Malaquias.

Still only 20, the forward has become Brazil’s top scorer over the past two years.

Keirrison struck 41 times in all competitions in 2008. He finished joint top marksman in the Campeonato Brasileiro (Brazil’s national league) with 21 goals – a remarkable feat considering he missed a large chuck of the season through injury. This year, he has already put away 24 goals in 35 games for Palmeiras in the Campeonato Paulista (São Paulo’s state championship), the Brasileiro and the Libertadores.

Keirrison is owned by football management group, Traffic, and Palmeiras. His contract with the two parties runs until 2013.

Getting a UK work permit for the player could be an issue as he doesn’t have a European passport or is a Brazil regular – but a loan spell abroad is one way round that.

If Keirrison does move to Spain, it will be yet another case of an English club failing to snap up a young, talented Brazilian at a reasonable price. Because one thing is for sure, if Barcelona do pick him up, any future deal involving Keirrison is going to be considerably more expensive.

See some of Keirrison’s goals here  here here

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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bernard Aghahan  |  June 26, 2009 at 13:21

    i am praying to god Benitez snaps up this young super star

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  • 4. Will Hawes  |  June 26, 2009 at 19:24

    This guy needs to come to the prem, however good barcelona are the premiership needs a young brazilian goal machine

  • 5. pitacodogringo  |  June 26, 2009 at 19:54

    Just a bit of extra info – Barcelona are prepared to pay around €15 million and the deal is apparently “99% done”. But Palmeiras coach, Vanderlei Luxemburgo, is annoyed about the whole transfer because he wasn’t told anything by Traffic or by Keirrison and only found out about it through a friend. Luxemburgo also said today that even if Keirrison did not sign for Barcelona, he wouldn’t want the player back at Palmeiras while he was coach.
    Palmeiras take on huge rivals Santos on Sunday – we’ll be covering it from 15:50 (Brasilia)

  • 6. Paul  |  June 26, 2009 at 23:16

    What a terrible way to leave your team behind. Maybe Luxemburgo reacted a little too harshly with his comments, but he is right. It’s never a good idea to burn bridges. You’d think if your goal is to play for the selecao, you’d act a little more professionally. Oh well, now I have to hope Obina will once again be “melhor que Eto’o” hahaha

  • 7. Martin  |  June 27, 2009 at 00:58

    No way is Keirrison ready for Barcelona or really any team in Europe right now. He’s a good young talent but needs more experience and definitely needs to be more mobile.

    But I have to hand it to pitacodogringo as he called it that Traffic would sell Keirrison shortly after he arrived at Palmeiras at the start of this year.

  • 8. KM in WALES  |  June 27, 2009 at 06:32

    Apparently barca are going to loan him to Valencia for one year in the Villa deal,which means Eto is set for a move(?)also how has bojan fared at barca this year – does he hav a future at barca or will he always be on the fringes?

  • 9. KM in WALES  |  June 27, 2009 at 06:38

    English teams will always be at a disadvantage when competing for s.american players against the Spanish & Italian clubs because of this damn visa issue.the best option would be to create a business agreement with a European side where the player can be loaned after they have been purchased.

  • 10. Matt  |  June 27, 2009 at 08:32

    He’s a very nice player but even at times during this year’s Brasileirao he’s looked somewhat average occassionally.

    I really don’t think Barca is the right move for him footballing wise, although if the stories about Valencia loaning him for a year are correct, then that would make sense.

    Luxembourgo has since been sacked following his comments about Keirrison so maybe Cuca or Muricy Ramalho (come back to Inter!!) will take over at the Palestra Italia?

    Keirrison aside, it appear’s Palmeiras have completely shoot themselves in the foot over this.

  • 11. bobbygee  |  June 27, 2009 at 11:32

    The best pure futebol players come from Brasil. That’s my take. That’s Ferguson guys are camped in Brasil. Bobby Gee Go Brasil.’

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  • 13. John  |  July 3, 2009 at 01:11

    Keirrison was never going to any other club. He had a 50 million buyout clause but the clause drops to 15 million if Barcelona made a bid. He’s been a Barcelona fan since childhood and after interest from Barcelona a years ago he inserted that into his contract when he signed with Palmeiras. Barcelona was going to wait to purchase him because he’s clearly not ready to take over the 9 there but given the state of the market they figured they better take advantage of the situation rather than wait.

    I don’t know why Palmeiras is upset, they only own 20% of his rights and they only paid 600,000 euros.

    A bit hypocritical of English fans to talk about leaving a club without notice. Cesc Fabregas, Fran Merida, Dani Pachecho all left Barcelona abruptly without notification, disappeared all of a sudden. Secretly taken by their agents to England, and signed professional contracts before they were eligible for one in Spain. Talk about tapping up players!

  • 14. FCB Fan  |  July 12, 2009 at 05:54

    Excellent reply,John…


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