Medical on Tuesday: Wolves close in on Championship record deal - report
By Joe Nelson
Wolves are set to break the Championship transfer record with the signing of Anderson Talisca, according to a report.
The Mirror transfer news blog (9.54am) on Tuesday claimed that the newly-rich Midlands club will pay £20million to land the Benfica playmaker.
It is said that the Brazilian is set to have a medical on Tuesday after the deal was finalised between Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira and super agent Jorge Mendes at Wolves’ opening league game at Rotherham on Saturday.
The capture of Talisca will be regarded as a huge statement by Wolves as the deal is in line to demolish the top second-tier fee.
The current Championship record is the £12million Aston Villa spent last week to sign Ross McCormack from Fulham.
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Talisca can play as a secondary striker, in the number 10 role and even as a central midfielder.
He has scored 20 goals in 78 Benfica appearances, occupying primarily a deeper role for the Portuguese giants. The 22-year-old was integral to Benfica’s campaign last-term as they lifted the Primeira Liga trophy.
The Brazil Under-23 international moved to Benfica in 2014 for £3.4million from Brazilian side Bahia, and has experience in the Champions League.
The Daily Star suggested that Liverpool were also said to be interested in the playmaker’s services, so the capture of his services would be a huge statement of intent by Walter Zenga and his side.