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11 Jul 2016

Transfer Update: 'Lethal' €25m attacker tells friends he's close to signing for Liverpool. Talks held already

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Over the weekend, reports in Portugal claimed that Liverpool are 'in talks' to sign Benfica attacker Anderson Talisca, and new reports suggest that the Brazilian is keen on a move to Anfield.

According to Sunday's edition of Portuguese newspaper O Jogo:

"Talisca is anxiously waiting for the deal with Liverpool, and he had already told friends that is he is very close to leaving Benfica to sign for LFC".

O Jogo further claims that €25m-rated Talisca will be granted a work visa 'based on the number of youth internationals for Brazil', but with only 6 appearances for Brazil's U20 and U23 teams, that seems somewhat unlikely.

Some info about Talisca:

* 22-year old attacking midfielder. At Benfica, splits his time between playing as central AM, and a secondary striker.

* 20 goals/4 assists (24) in 78 games (Goal every 203 mins. G/A every 169 mins)

* Sep 2014: Jose Mourinho revealed his admiration for Talisca: "If he had a work permit, he would be [in the Prem]. There were many English teams that wanted to sign him".

* Nov 2014: Chelsea attacker Oscar raved: “Talisca is tall and left-footed like Rivaldo, and he has great quality".

* Dec 2014: Benfica team-mate Jonas Oliveira's assessment: "Talisca has got everything to be a major player for Brazil. He’s tall, a lethal finisher, very fast, and he’s got a lot of strength".

As usual, the praise doesn't match the end product. Talisca may be 'like Rivaldo' but at this stage, his goals/assists ratio is merely average, and is no improvement on Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana, and Henderson.

For €25m, I'd prefer to see the Reds sign a more prolific attacker who specialises in a specific role.


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