As New York City FC fans still await the arrival of Thiago Andrade, a new report from Territorio MLS has surfaced connecting NYCFC to a move for Vasco da Gama winger Talles Magno. According to Globo, City is “close” to obtaining the young winger and is willing to spend a transfer fee that totals $12 million if certain performance accolades are met. It is unknown if NYCFC will sign Magno to a Young Designated Player contract, though he will require an international roster spot.
Magno — who is at the tender age of 18 — has been a hot commodity for Brazilian Serie A side Vasco da Gama since his first-team debut in 2019. Last summer, he was linked to a move in Europe with suitors such as Bayer Leverkusen, Benfica, Juventus, Roma, Lazio, and Sevilla all interested in the young Brazilian’s talents. Liverpool was also named among those interested.
However, no such move ever took place. And since then, Magno has seemingly fallen on hard times when it comes to injuries. In February of 2020, Magno fractured a bone in his right foot and caught COVID-19 twice. Since recovering from his injuries, he has also seemingly struggled when it comes to his form.
Despite his recent struggles, Magno is still only a teenager and has plenty of time to re-find his form and get back on track when it comes to his development. And if European heavyweights were all looking into acquiring his talents, it’s obvious that Magno could have a high ceiling.
According to his Transfermarkt page, Magno is a left-footed player who primarily plays as an out-and-out winger on the left wing. He is also capable of playing inverted on right wing as well as striker. To date, he has made over 60 appearances with Vasco da Gama since 2019 also made 10 appearances with Brazil’s U-19 team that same year, scoring five goals for the latter.
Should this deal go through, NYCFC will be poised to become deep in the attack come the summer with Thiago Andrade still awaiting his visa and Héber returning from his injury within the next month if reports are to be believed.