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Who is Liverpool's reported target Talles Magno

Liverpool’s growing list of potential transfer recruits appears to be picking up speed following the latest reports linking Jurgen Klopp with a move for a certain Brazilian wonderkid.

According to Yahoo Esportes, the Premier League champions have made an approach regarding Talles Magno whose footballing talents can currently be found at Brazilian outfit Vasco da Gama.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 06: Talles Magno of Brazil in action during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 round of 16 match between Brazil and Chile at Estadio Bezerrao on November 06, 2019 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Liverpool seem keen on the progress of the 18-year-old who has been described as the ‘next Neymar’. As of yet, however, there hasn’t been an official offer from the English, European and world champions.

So who is Magno and why are Liverpool supposedly keen? Here is a look at what you need to know…

1) Magno clocked up a handful of appearances for Vasco in the state championship, Brazilian Cup and Copa Sudamericana this year having made his first-team breakthrough back in 2019.

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2)He was also part of the Brazil national team that won the FIFA Under-17 World Cup on home soil a year ago, scoring two goals during their procession to the trophy. Since the victory, Magno has since been promoted to their Under-19 side and has found the net on three occasions during his six appearances.

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3)His current employer Vasco have become quickly aware of the teenager’s undeniable talent and have since signed Magno to a new contract last November lasting until 2022 and with a hefty £45million release clause.

4)According to reports, Liverpool are not the only European heavyweight interested by the prospect of adding potentially the next generational talent to their armoury. Ligue 1 duo Lille and Paris Saint-Germain could also enter the race to sign the teenager, as well as Sevilla, Bayer Leverkusen and Krasnodar elsewhere on the continent.

5)Despite his eye-watering buy-out clause, The Mail report that Vasco due to the current financial climate indeed could be tempted to cash-out on the youngster while his value his still high. It is believed that Magno could depart for as little as £18m but the Brazilian club will instead rest their hopes on a higher price with a bidding war.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL – OCTOBER 29: Talles Magno of Brazil celebrates a scored goal during the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup Brazil 2019 group A match between Brazil and New Zealand at Valmir Campelo Bezerrao Stadium on October 29, 2019 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Is this viable?

At this early stage, discussions are tentative with Liverpool hoping to gain more of an insight on the player’s character and whether he would be able to handle the demands required at Anfield.

With this said, a deal looks a long way off and is difficult to predict what comes next.

Liverpool have an act for developing youngsters and will look to incorporate the likes of Curtis Jones, Neco Williams and Harvey Elliott into the first-team on a more sustained basis next season.

Magno could be seen as a source of boosting Liverpool’s attacking firepower from the bench yet he remains too unproven to indicate whether a move would represent a financially viable option in the current economic climate.

At present, the interest is nothing more substantial and further developments will be required to gauge whether Liverpool will likely pursue a deal.

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