On 06-15-2020 A Bola reported on Barcelona's interest in signing Luis Maximiano, a young goalkeeper from Sporting Clube de Portugal. In the aforementioned note, this Portuguese newspaper explained that the Barça club's thought was to have this goalkeeper to make him a future natural replacement for Ter Stegen.
The news had an impact because it was covered by many media outlets. It was also reflected that Milan also wanted to sign him in anticipation of a possible Donnarumma departure. Its sale price was even revealed: 16 million euros. The matter did not give for more.
Luis Maximiano (Celeiros, Portugal, 5-1-1999) played 23 games in the 2019-20 season. But in the next the coach Rubén Amorín preferred to bet on the experience of Antonio Adán, who ended up playing 32 matches of this championship won by Sporting after two decades of drought. Luis Maximiano only participated in two games (156 minutes).
With the departure of Rui Silva to Betis, Granada noticed this goalkeeper for whom Mallorca had been interested. Sporting originally intended to get seven million euros from its sale. The sports management led by Pep Boada knew how to be persevering and in the end they closed an agreement for 4.5 million euros to which 500,000 euros must be added if Granada remains in the First Division. In addition, the Lisbon team secured 10% of a future sale if it occurs. The termination clause is 25 million euros. In his previous team it was 45 million euros. He has signed for four seasons.
Upon his arrival he has met a good competitor for ownership, Aaron Escandell, a goalkeeper who has forged himself in the lower divisions of the club after having been in those of Malaga and who year after year shows a remarkable evolution.
Last day he was finally able to make his debut at Los Cármenes against Betis. And despite the adverse result, he was the most outstanding of his team. His seven saves freed his team from a scandal win. And although he had some problems every time he played the ball with his feet. Under sticks was a cat. Next Monday we will see him at the Camp Nou against Barcelona. Will one day be the heir of Ter Stegen?