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£21m Liverpool midfield target is set for the Championship in shock move - reports

By Harvey Byrne

Benfica midfielder Anderson Talisca has chosen Wolves over Liverpool in a staggering £20million move, according to a report.

The Express, citing O Jogo, claimed that Talisca had been all set to sign for Liverpool after the FA received a work permit application for the 22-year-old.

However, the latest report in Portuguese publication A Bola suggests that the Championship club have won the race and are close to completing a £21million move for the Brazil Under-23 international.

The report also claims that Wolves have already secured a work permit for the 22-year-old and the move is expected to be completed by the weekend.

This move would largely be considered a shock as, although the Championship side have been taken over recently, they are still playing in the second tier of English football, while Liverpool are one of Europe’s most prestigious and cash-rich clubs.

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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.

In other Liverpool transfer news, Jurgen Klopp is ready to abandon his pursuit of another left-back and use James Milner as a solution in emergencies this season.