Liverpool are on the brink of completing the signing of Marcelo Pitaluga from Fluminese.
The 17-year-old goalkeeper apparently comes at the recommendation of current Reds number one Alisson Becker – who’s brother Muriel is the first-choice stopper at Fluminese.
The Premier League champions will pay an initial sum of around £1million for the youngster, with a 25% sell-on clause inserted into the deal with Liverpool paying a further sum of around £800,000 in add-ons.
Alisson got the chance to see the Brazilian Under-17 international when he returned to his homeland in February, spending time training at his brother’s club.
Clearly impressed with what he saw, Liverpool are now adding Pitaluga to their academy setup once a medical has been completed. The teenager also holds a German passport, enabling him to make the transfer prior to his 18th birthday.
The (Fluminese) fans are really sad to watch him leave. At 15, he trained with the first team and he was in the winning U-17 World Cup team last year.
On Pitaluga’s ability: ‘
He is very agile and has great distribution. Of course, he needs to gain mass but he is very promising.
Clearly a talent with a promising future ahead, there is no better place for him to continue to learn his trade with the guidance of his compatriot, and one of the very best in the world in Alisson Becker.
At 27-years-old, Liverpool have plenty more of Alisson’s peak to enjoy yet, but they may have already landed a long-term successor.