Zlatan Ibrahimović, Dmytro Chygrynskiy, Martín Cáceres, Alexander Hleb, Maxi López, Henrique and Keirrison—Barcelona won a lot under Joan Laporta's reign, but the former club president sanctioned a plethora of economically inefficient transfer deals.
Laporta didn't want Keirrison to be Barcelona's next prolific No. 9. The idea was to loan the Brazilian out, hope he scores 20-30 goals and then sell him at a significant profit.
Except, if the Brazilian did score goals for fun on loan, wouldn't it have been more logical to give him a chance at Barça?
Two things which make the Keirrison signing even more stupid:
1. Falcao was available from River Plate for €3.9 million.
2. Before signing Keirrison, Laporta had attempted the same flawed process with centre-back Henrique, which failed when Bayer Leverkusen wouldn't sign him.
The sad reality of Laporta's easy-cash scheme is that it stagnated Keirrison's development.
Since returning to Brazil, he's failed to put up the same numbers which attracted Laporta's attention in the first place.
Add in a dodgy knee and you can only say that Keirrison's future looks bleak.
If he isn't good enough to perform in Brazil, instead of spiraling out of control like former Porto prodigy Carlos Alberto, Keirrison should salvage what's left of his career and head to Japan—that was the approach Lucas Severino took.
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