Liverpool targets Brazilian teenager labeled ‘next Neymar’ as Jurgen Klopp looks to the future


Liverpool have targeted Talles Magno for their next generation of stars as they adjust to a new financial reality in the Premier League.

Magno is only 17, but has already played almost a full season for his Brazilian club Vasco da Gama in the country’s high-level Serie A, and is a regular on the U17 national team.

The great striker is considered one of Brazil’s most exciting emerging talents and can play a role similar to that of Roberto Firmino at Anfield.

Above all, Vasco is facing serious financial problems, the Rio de Janeiro club being forced to raise funds to meet the debts that have increased in recent years.

They sold one of the top-rated young players, Paulinho, to Bayer Leverkusen in 2018 for £ 17m due to their crisis, and the club has admitted that they will now have to resell to stay afloat.

Talles Magno, 17, has already played almost a full season for his Brazilian club Vasco da Gama

And that could mean a reduced price offer for a talent that the club has looked at since its arrival on the international scene with Brazil U15.

So far, Benfica has offered fees of around £ 2.5 million for the versatile striker who can also play widely, and although this has been rejected, it reflects the club’s financial situation and fear of transfer fees between European clubs.

Liverpool themselves will have to adapt, with virtually each of its best stars – and all their young talents – signed on long-term contracts until 2023 or 2024, which translates into the third highest payroll of the Premier League.

The teenager was compared to the Brazilian superstar Neymar

But with the certainty that income will be affected by the loss of income on the day of the match, while the matches take place behind closed doors to end the season, all high-flying clubs are now faced with big losses during the ‘next year.

Most Premier League teams are faced with crowds until next year – and if that happens, even one estimate would suggest that Liverpool would lose around £ 120 million over that period – even before TV companies only negotiate smaller contracts because of the lack of supporters in the stadiums.

And that will convince Liverpool’s tastes of cutting their fabric in the transfer market, targeting players like Talles who will cost a small initial deposit, with add-ons for the coming seasons that should appear in the first team.

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The Brazilian striker has scored five goals in 10 games for his U17 national team and has played for all levels of youth in his country, which means he would qualify for a work permit.

Liverpool have also watched Belgian U19 midfielder Aster Vranckx on several occasions, and he too may be available at a reasonable price from his club in Mechelen, who accepts that the highly rated young star can leave this summer.

Talles has been described as the “next Neymar” in some of the most exciting corners of the Brazilian media, but he has real talent and a work pace that Jurgen Klopp might like.

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