Ligue 1 outfit Monaco have reportedly joined the race hoping to land Brazilian striker Keirrison on loan next season.
The 20-year-old was one of the stars of 2008 in Brazil, scoring 21 league goals for previous club Coritiba.
He moved to Palmeiras in January and scored five goals in seven league matches, leading to speculation linking him with a summer switch to Liverpool and Manchester United, as well as Barca, who have now bagged the youngster for 14 million euros.
However, with competition at the Camp Nou fierce under Pep Guardiola, the Brazilian prodigy is now expected to be loaned out by the Spanish treble winners to help Keirrison gain first-team experience in Europe.
Ajax, Porto, Benfica and Roma had all been tipped to recruit the front-man in time for the start of the 2009/10 campaign.
But, according to Spanish daily Sport, Monaco are now believed to have also expressed an interest, and have been granted permission by Barca to hold talks with the Brazilian.comments