Liverpool FC agreed to a £1.8million contract for Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga as the champions of the Premier League make their second summer signing. Enjoy reading Goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga signed by Liverpool.
The scouts of the Anfield club supposedly tracked the 17-year-old Fluminense stopper for several months, and made a breakthrough in negotiations.
Globo Esporte, a Brazilian news source, says Liverpool had its original offer rejected but returned with a second bid of £930,000 for Pitaluga plus an additional £930,000 if different performance-related add-ons are achieved.
Fluminense was hesitant to sell Pitaluga, but it seems that the bid from Liverpool was too tempting to ignore.
Globo Esporte says Pitaluga is signing a three-year deal with the option for two more years.
The contract with South American imports was forced through more quickly than normal, since the Brazilian has a German passport. That means that the 17-year-old need not wait until his next birthday to travel to Europe.
Another factor in the need for the Brazilian club to sell the youngster was the financial effect of the Covid-19 pandemic after President Mario Bittencourt spoke of the need to raise funds through player sales.
Also in the club’s goalkeeper pecking order, Pitaluga was fourth, although Liverpool will obviously see him as one for future.
He posted an Instagram snap back in February alongside Reds keeper Alisson Becker, and had previously visited England with the youth sides of Brazil.
Liverpool was quiet ahead of the new season in the transfer market, with Greek international defender Kostas Tsimikas coming in for £12million.
They begin Saturday’s defense of their Premier League title against Leeds United.