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Goalkeeper Cavalieri on way to Liverpool

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  • Liverpool are poised to swoop for goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri from Palmeiras
  • Cavalieri will sign for nearly $6 million and will be the reserve to Jose Reina
  • Current Liverpool goalkeepers Charles Itandje and Scott Carson set to leave
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(CNN) -- Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is expecting to complete the $5.9 million signing of goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri from Brazilian club Palmeiras in the near future.

Benitez will complete the signing of goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri with Charles Itandje and Scott Carson set to go.

Benitez will complete the signing of goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri with Charles Itandje and Scott Carson set to go.

The player completed a medical and has acquired a work permit. His agent Juninho Parmigiani said: "We will conclude everything in the near future."

Palmeiras sporting director Toninho Cecilio added: "There are some clauses to be discussed but nothing that can now block the deal."

Liverpool plan to sell their French goalkeeper Charles Itandje to Galatasaray for $3.9 million.

Cavalieri will be the reserve keeper as Jose Reina maintains the starting spot and it seems likely that England international Scott Carson will also be leaving Anfield.

Carson was on loan at Aston Villa last season but the midland side's manager Martin O'Neill is not happy with Liverpool's asking price of around $19.7 million for a permanent switch.

Newly-promoted Premier League side Stoke City would like to sign Carson but would have problems finding the fee.

Carson joined Liverpool from Leeds on a four-and-a-half year deal in 2005. He was Benitez's first English signing but has spent most of the time on loan, turning out for Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton before the switch to Villa.

Liverpool will be keen to pick up money for a permanent transfer to help finance the signing of other targets, principally Carson's former Villa colleague Gareth Barry.

The prolonged and often acrimonious discussions over Barry's move are still developing on Wednesday. Villa are believed to have said they will now accept $33.5 million plus Irish full-back Steve Finnan. They would want half the fee immediately and the rest in 12 months.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are close to completing the sale of England striker Peter Crouch to Portsmouth on Wednesday for around $19.7 million.

Benitez praised Crouch's contribution at Liverpool since his move from Southampton three years ago. "I am proud of the progress he has made. When we brought him here people were talking about the deal, especially because he did not score for several games," said Benitez.

"But he showed his quality, showed he was a good player and a fantastic professional. We know we will miss him but you cannot stop a player who wants to go."

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