Sure, Paul Pogba cost Manchester United $116 million big ones, but that’s Manchester United.
In an even more glaring statement of the skyrocketing spending power in England, Championship side Wolverhampton has been heavily linked with a whopping $28 million move for Benfica midfielder Anderson Talisca. Wolves were recently purchased by Chinese conglomorate Fosun International back in mid-July, explaining the reported influx of liquidity.
The 22-year-old Brazilian moved to Portugal from his hometown club of Bahia in the summer of 2014, and has largely been a fixture for Benfica since coming across the pond.
This rumor picked up steam a few days ago after it was published in Noticias Ao Minuto, has since been updated by Portuguese newspaper O Jogo earlier Wednesday, and has been corroborated by The Sun. According to the O Jogo report, the deal is essentially complete, and all that’s left is for Talisca to receive a work visa allowing him to travel to Molineux Stadium and take a medical, something which Noticias reports is nearly complete. According to The Sun, Talisca’s agent Jorge Mendes and Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira were both present at Wolves’ opening Championship fixture at Rotherham on Saturday to discuss the deal.
Should this transfer complete as reported, Talisca’s price would be nearly half the reported price Fosun International paid to purchase Wolves. The deal would utterly smash the previous Wolves transfer record, more than tripling the $8.4 million paid for Steven Fletcher in 2010. It would also top the Championship transfer record set by Aston Villa just last week when they paid Fulham around $16 million for Ross McCormack.
According to some reports, Liverpool was interested in Talisca as well, but have been beaten to the punch.