Keirrison set for Benfica loan move

New Barcelona signing Keirrison is reportedly set to spend the 2009/10 campaign on loan at Portuguese giants Benfica. 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, Monaco, Roma and Benfica have all been tipped to recruit the front-man in time for the start of the new season. And, according to A Bola, the latter are currently in pole position to secure the Samba starlet's services, with the striker believed to be in favour of a move to Portugal, where his native language is spoken. NEWS: Monaco enter race to land Keirrison on loan NEWS: Keirrison set for season long loan