Keirrison seals Benfica switch

New Barcelona signing Keirrison has immediately joined Portuguese giants Benfica on a season-long loan deal. 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 was expected to be loaned out by the Spanish treble winners to help Keirrison gain first-team experience in Europe. Ajax, Porto, Monaco, Roma and Benfica had all been tipped to recruit the front-man in time for the start of the new campaign. However, the latter - who signed Javier Saviola from Real Madrid earlier this summer - have now secured the Samba starlet's services for the season. NEWS: Keirrison set for Benfica loan move NEWS: Monaco enter race to land Keirrison on loan NEWS: Keirrison set for season long loan