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Liverpool And Benfica Are Leading The Chase For Talented Young Forward: One For The Future?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent print edition of AS (translated by Sport Witness), Liverpool and Benfica are leading the chase for Talles Magno this summer. The same source has also claimed that the Vasco Da Gama teenage striker is on the radar of several top European clubs with the Reds now joining the bidding ‘aggressively’ ahead of the summer transfer window (via Sport Witness). It is believed that the Brazilian striker’s current contract at the São Januário Stadium contains a €50m exit clause, but he could be signed for ‘around €25m’ in this off-season (via AS).

Magno’s Impressive Start To Life In The Brazilian Top-Flight

The Rio de Janeiro-born youngster came through the youth ranks of Vasco Da Gama before breaking into the club’s first-team last year. At the tender age of 17, Magno has already managed to get some valuable game time with the senior team under his belt.

The promising starlet has made 17 appearances for the Brazilian outfit so far, finding the back of the net on two occasions while providing one assist across all competitions. As evidenced by his stellar start to life in the Brazilian Serie A, Magno has the ceiling to become a world-class forward someday as long as he can keep improving himself with each year.

The 17-year-old has also represented Brazil at the Under-17 level and has garnered a lot of praise for his performances at the international stage. He has registered three goals in six matches for the Brazilian U-17 side thus far and has the potential to play a crucial role for his country in the years to come.

Liverpool and Benfica are leading the chase for Magno (Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp shown in the photo)
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool looks on before the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool FC at Molineux on January 23, 2020, in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

What Are The Brazilian Whizkid’s Best Attributes?

Magno has averaged 1.9 shots, 0.8 key passes and 2.2 dribbles per game in the Brazilian first division this season which is an incredible feat for a player of his age (stats via whoscored). He is primarily a centre-forward but is also versatile enough to fill in as a winger if required. The Brazilian attacker can use his quickness and agility to make some darting runs in the final third. He is full of tricks and possesses outstanding ball-control that allow him to complete a few dangerous dribbles in the opposition half. He is also not shy of working his socks off for the benefit of his side.

Is Magno A Prospect For The Future?

There is no denying that Magno is still quite raw and would require time to develop into a world-class forward. Therefore, Jurgen Klopp will need to be patient with him before handing him a chance to taste Premier League football in the coming seasons. If Liverpool can win the race for his signature, then the South American sensation will significantly bolster the quality of the Merseyside club’s academy.

The Reds have already got some outstanding young players like Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott in their squad. Magno could be another gem in the making, so the 2019 UEFA Champions League champions will benefit a lot from bringing him to the north-west of England. He is undoubtedly a prospect to look out for in the future as he has all the attributes required to become a top goal-getter someday. Klopp could potentially use Magno in the cup competitions before gradually incorporating him in his first-team in the coming years.

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