New Barcelona signing Keirrison is expected to spend the coming campaign on a season-long loan deal from the Spanish treble winners, with a string of European sides keen to recruit the Samba starlet. The 20-year-old was one of the sensations of the 2008 season in Brazil, during which he scored 21 league goals for his 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 agreed this week to sign 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 Catalans to help Keirrison gain first-team experience in Europe. And the player's agent, Marcos, has revealed that interest in the striker's services is already widespread. "We're negotiating with Ajax and Porto at the moment, but we haven't made any decision yet. I can assure you that he won't join Benfica, as was rumoured in the Spanish press," he told Globo Esporte. "Several clubs approached us after Barcelona made it clear that they were ready to farm Keirrison out on loan. We'll most likely make a decision on Monday or Tuesday." While Italian football agent Dario Canovi says the starlet could be heading for Serie A with Roma. "I am aware that he didn't want to go on loan to Valencia and I think he could join Roma if they come forward for him," he told Radio Centro Suono Sport. "However, I am not sure if Roma have the space in their squad for a non-EU player. "People are right to compare him to Gilardino. He is decisive in the box and he scores valuable goals."
24 July 2009
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