After only a few days of rumors, New York City FC has officially welcomed a new Designated Player to their roster.
On Wednesday morning, NYCFC officially signed Brazilian winger Talles Magno for a reported $12 million transfer fee from Brazilan side Vasco da Gama. Magno is signed through the 2026 season on a Young Designated Player contract.
The 18-year-old made his first-team debut with Vasco de Gama in 2019 at the age of 16 and scored five goals in 61 appearances for the club over two seasons. Magno was a part of Brazil’s U-17 World Cup-winning team in 2019 and was named one of Goal’s Top 50 wonderkids in world football.
During the summer of 2019, Magno was linked with a transfer to some European clubs like Bayer Leverkusen, Benfica, Juventus, Roma, Lazio, Sevilla, and Liverpool, but no move ever came to fruition. After the European rumors faded, Magno suffered a fractured bone in his foot in February of 2020 and caught COVID-19 twice over the course of the pandemic. He’s struggled to regain his form post-injuries and COVID, but Magno has already showed a boat load of potential when healthy,
It was only two days ago that Globo first reported that City were “close” to signing the youngster for the $12 million transfer fee. With a thin attacking core and the delayed arrival of Thiago Andrade, it makes sense that City seemed to be quick when making the signing. Magno primarily plays as a left winger, but he has some previous experience playing inverted on the right wing and as an striker, which gives City some much needed flexibility up top.
Magno will officially be added to City’s roster upon receiving a P-1 visa and ITC. He is the third Brazilian on City’s roster alongside the aforementioned Andrade and Héber.