The agent of Brazilian starlet Keirrison has revealed Liverpool are one of several high-profile European clubs chasing the youngster's signature. Manager, Rafa Benitez is searching for a new forward to bolster his attacking options following the sale of Robbie Keane back to Tottenham Hotspur, with rumours linking the Reds with Real Madrid forward Javier Saviola shortly before the close of the winter transfer window failing to come to fruition. 20-year-old Kerrison bagged 54 goals in 100 league games for Coritiba, who he joined as a youth player, before signing for Palmeiras in January 2009. And he has since burst on to the scene in his homeland as Palmeiras went on a nine-game winning streak at the beginning of the season. "We agree with Palmeiras that Keirrison will stay in Brazil until the end of 2009 because we want Palmeiras to fight for the Brazilian championship and the Copa Libertadores,” said representitive Roberto Benevides. “We believe the technical merit and market price of the player may also double in this period. Major European clubs have asked about him: I am referring to Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich." Kerrison's contractual situation is believed to be complicated. The current Brazilian Young Player of the Year plays for Palmeiras but his rights are owned by a company called Traffic Sports Marketing in a similar arrangement to the one which brought Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, who are owned by Media Sports Investment, to England. BLOG: FFT blogger Celso de Campos Jr on Keirrison BLOG: Carlos Alberto Parreira gives Talentspotter his top six Samba starlets Talentspotter: Keirrison profile
18 February 2009
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