Liverpool is monitoring and observing the overall situation of Brazilian youngster Talles Magno before finalizing a firm offer, a report says.
In May, reports linked Premier League champ Liverpool to a possible move for 18-year-old Brazil international Magno, whom some have dubbed as the “next Neymar.” The teenager has been in fine form in his homeland, scoring three goals in just six games, making him one of the notable teen prospects in Europe.
Roughly three months after the reported link-up with the Reds, the pursuit for the Vasco da Gama star hasn’t progressed much. However, Liverpool’s interest has not faded either. Anfield chiefs are now keen to learn more about Magno’s overall attitude and his family situation, ESPN commentator and Yahoo Sport journalist Jorge Nicola reported from Brazil.
Liverpool is studying Magno’s personal aspects to determine if a deal can possibly come to fruition, the report added.
Aside from concerns regarding work permits, another issue Liverpool might face in signing Magno is the competition from other European clubs.
It didn’t take long for big clubs across Europe’s top five leagues to notice the Brazilian’s skills on the pitch. In fact, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayer Leverkusen and Sevilla are all said to be interested in signing Magno as well.
Given his impressive skills, Magno is not expected to come with a cheap price tag. Previous reports stated that the forward and his side have already rejected two bids in the past – one from French club Lille and the other from Russia’s Krasnodar.
Lille made quite an offer for Magno, sometime in May, for a €10 million ($11.2 million) but was apparently rejected, Gazeta Esportiva reported. Russian side Krasnodar, on the other hand, also tried to lure him with an undisclosed offer but was also said to have been snubbed by the Brazilian club.
Magno’s current contract with Vasco is set to run out in 2022, and it includes a €50 million ($59 million) release clause, ESPN reported.
However, due to the financial impact caused by the coronavirus, the Brazilian side may allow him to leave for a cut-price fee of €20 million ($23.5 million), an amount which European clubs might find affordable.
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