By Ritchie Slack
For most Liverpool fans our most recent transfer link to Talles Magno would have had us scratching our heads about who the young Brazilian is, or where he fits in to the Premier League Champions squad.
I will admit, I have had to do my research to compile and complete this article having no prior knowledge about the U17 World Cup Winner. However, I have also found reason to be excited about the starlet and the prospect of him swapping Rio De Janeiro for Merseyside.
Numerous Links To Liverpool
According to Metro, ESPN, AS football, HITC, Yahoo Esportes and many other news outlets, Liverpool are closing in on a deal for ‘the next Neymar’ in a reported £27million swoop.
The champions are said to have inititated talks for the Vasco da Gama man, with the 18-year-old forward keen to join the revolution happening under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool first made contact in May 2020 and have now contacted Vasco de Gama to see if a deal can be completed this summer.
So, Who Is He?
Magno certainly fits the bill for what Liverpool are looking for in terms of improving their squad and ‘attacking the title’ once more. Magno is a versatile forward who has featured chiefly on the left-hand side of attack, and would bolster the Liverpool attacking options and allow his already impressive development to flourish further with the league holders.
Even at the tender age of 17, when most of us are learning to drive, Magno was learning the ropes for the first XI of Vasco, performing in fifteen league appearance. The young Brazilian would have played more if it hadn’t have been for an unfortunate ankle injury on international duty. In those league games Magno scored two goals. However, he has has an even more impressive record for the Brazilian U17 squad, playing ten games and hitting the net five times.
Interest From Big Clubs
It is rumoured that clubs such as Barcelona, Chelsea, PSG, AC Milan and Real Madrid are keen to sign the youngster. Despite interest from these clubs, his preferred destination is Liverpool according to EsporteNews in Brazil, giving The Reds an advantage over their rivals.
Magno’s agent, Giulianco Bertolucci, is conducting negotiations and is familiar with the Premier League. Another of his client’s, David Luiz, has signed for multiple Premier League clubs so his experience and understanding will be vital in these negotiations with Liverpool.
How Much Will He Cost?
Talles Magno’s contract expires in 2022, however reports in Brazil indicate that Vasco are willing to sell sooner. Magno could be available at a lower deal than his release clause (€48million) due to the club’s financial position amid Covid-19.
A fee of £27million is being heavily associated with the youth’s signature who was included in The Guardian’s “Next Generation 2019”.
Liverpool are short with senior attacking options, with Minamino, Origi and Shaqiri the only players Klopp has given sufficient game time to, with Xherdan Shaqiri hardly featuring towards the back end of the season.
Whilst Liverpool have Harvey Elliot waiting in the wings, he has not been given too much in terms of first eleven opportunities. It would certainly make sense from Liverpool’s standpoint to bolster the attack since Werner has moved to Chelsea, and Watford’s stance on Sarr is £40million or bust!
It is also a signing FSG would be more than willing to sanction, with so much time on Magno’s side in terms of playing career, this could be another Michael Edwards masterclass in acquiring an extremely sought-after player not just for now, but for the long term future of Liverpool’s attack, available for relatively cheap money.Embed from Getty Images
The appeal of joining Liverpoo’ Brazilian frat party will certainly alleviate any fears Magno may face in moving from one continent to another, with fellow Brazilians Fabinho, Alisson Becker, and Firmino all waiting to welcome another South American to the team.
Liverpool fans are clamouring for a Brazilian to arrive on Merseyside this summer, and Liverpool fans could get their wish. Perhaps Talles Magno could be the Brazilian who is touching down on Anfield soil.