11 Jul 2016

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

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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