Date published: Friday 18th September 2020 8:50
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been cited as a decisive factor in the club’s imminent signing of Fluminense youngster Marcelo Pitaluga.
The 17-year-old is poised to move to Anfield after a £1m bid was accepted last week, with details emerging of Liverpool’s approach earlier this week.
Pitaluga has now ‘said his goodbyes’ to teammates with his move to Merseyside on the brink of going through.
Fluminense are expected to insist on a 25% sell-on clause within the contract, while an extra £800,000 could be paid in future add-ons.
Little is known about the youngster in the English game, though reports in his homeland have now explained how the move came about.
As per the report, as translated by Sport Witness, Alisson’s brother Muriel first alerted the Reds keeper to the youngster. The story goes that Muriel, who also plays for Fluminense, told his brother to check out Pitaluga while back in Rio de Janeiro.
Explaining more detail, Muriel tol UOL: “I believe Alisson must have contributed with what he saw.
“Pitaluga is there on his merits. Liverpool had been watching him for a long time.
“We know closely the potential he has, the great goalkeeper he is and, even more, what he will achieve. In addition to the four lines, he’s an excellent boy, from a good family, down to earth. He’s not dazzled, he works hard.
“I’m sure he’ll make history in football. We got very happy with that.
“I’m also happy that he will be a teammate of Alisson, who will be able to help, accompany him. He’s a boy who loves to learn, is always listening and working. I’m very happy with his success, he deserves it.”
Pitaluga was reported to have been on Merseyside over the weekend for a medical. A deal is expected to be announced in the coming fortnight.
UOL state the player is likely to sign an initial three-year contract.
Klopp asks Edwards for two more signings
Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, has asked the Liverpool board for two more signings before the October transfer deadline, according to a report.
The transfer window shuts on October 5 and so far just Kostas Tsimikas has been added to the champions’ squad. As such, Klopp is reported to be chasing two more additions.
That is the view from The Atheltic, with James Pearce suggesting that Klopp would prefer to add a couple of players to his squad.
The German coach would normally get his transfer business done as early as possible. However, the rescheduled 2019/20 campaign and short pre-season have hindered the Reds and other clubs.
The Reds are also set to foot the biggest coronavirus bill from broadcasters of any Premier League club.
Read more about Liverpool’s finances, and their transfer plans, right here….