In April 2020, Lazio were linked with a move for highly-rated 17-year-old Brazilian forward Talles Magno, who currently plays for Vasco da Gama. The Biancocelesti, alongside the likes of Sevilla and Bayer Leverkusen, were being touted with a move for the young Brazilian, seeing as his current club are going through financial difficulties and are looking to offload players.
However, as has been reported by Spanish news outlet AS, Lazio’s pursuit of Magno has hit a stumbling block, with the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool, and Barcelona all reportedly joining the race. These three clubs have much larger economic power than the Biancocelesti and the reports suggest that this interest has driven up his price. The current suggestion is that Magno will set his next club back around €25-30 million, slightly too much for Lazio to consider spending on such a young player. There may still be a glimmer of hope, however, with Vasco da Gama manager Antonio Lopez telling Papo na Colina that:
Up to this moment, no offers have arrived.
If the biggest clubs in Europe fail to make an approach for the 17-year-old, Igli Tare may still launch an assault, to help bolster the youth ranks of the Serie A side.
Talles Magno made his debut for the Brazilian Serie A outfit in 2019 and has played in a total of 22 matches for them. In October 2019, Magno was named in British newspaper The Guardian‘s ‘Next Generation 2019‘ amongst some of the hottest young talents in world football. The Rio de Janeiro-born forward also has 10 appearances for the Brazilian U17 national side, scoring five times and helping them left the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2019.
All hope is not lost in the Lazio pursuit but certainly, things have become more complicated with the addition of such big names in the story.