Liverpool lead chase for one-in-ten Brazilian

Sarah Winterburn

Liverpool are at the front of the queue to sign Brazilian Anderson Talisca, according to reports in Portugal.

The attacking midfielder has not been signed by Besiktas after a two-year loan from Benfica, despite an option-to-buy clause in his contract.

Record claims that Liverpool are now the favourites to sign Talisca, who has scored 37 goals in the past two seasons. Benfica are unlikely to keep hold of him despite raising their asking price to €40million.

Talisca, 24, would add to Liverpool’s depth in attacking positions, and the player is thought to be keen on a move to the Premier League.

Newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers are also rumoured to be in the hunt for Talisca, as they look to make an impression in the top flight. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is aware of the player from his time in Portugal.

However, Liverpool look likely to beat them in the race to sign Talisca, who was the fifth-highest scorer in the 2017-18 Turkish Super Lig.