Chelsea looks way ahead of other clubs in the race to sign new Brazilian “whiz kid” Anderson Talisca. Jose Mourinho have shown huge interest in the player over the summer while stating that the only thing stopping the 20-year-old prodigy from moving to England is a work permit.
It is believed Mourinho has made enquiries about the player from his former home-town club Bahia with a view of loaning him elsewhere in Europe where he would be able to get work permit.
Talisca however joined Benfica in a 4 million deal believed to be the highest the club have ever received for the sale of any of their players. Talisca has started life brightly in Europe and has been in sensational form for Benfica. He has scored 9 goals from 14 appearances for the club in all competitions.
Often compared to Yaya Toure because of his physique and techniques but many believe he is more of the Brazilian icon Rivaldo. Talisca is an attacking midfielder who can play from the middle or either side of the flanks. His built, strength and keen eye for goal means he can also operate as a striker.
The player has received much praise and admiration from the special one and is believed to be highly rated by him. Chelsea could be making a move for the forward especially now that he has been called up to the Brazilian national team, meaning his work permit issue could well be a thing of the past soon.
Chelsea will be hoping to use Mourinho’s influence and advantage to get the 20-year-old as it is believed that the Portuguese was among the first to show interest in the player even while he was at Bahia.
Benfica would however pose a little challenge as they wouldn’t want to lose another of their star player that easily. It is yet to be seen how they will able to fight interest off the player as the player himself will fancy a move to top European league and Chelsea could be his preferred choice.
The player himself has spoken in glowing terms of Jose Mourinho after acknowledging the comment Mourinho made about him.
The 20-year-old would soon be the target of top European clubs especially with his impressive goal scoring form at Benfica which have seen him earn a senior national call-up from Brazilian coach Dunga. But Mourinho’s long term interest and connection to the player would prove very valuable for Chelsea in beating off competitions to sign the youngster.
Chelsea and Benfica have done good business in recent past in terms of player signing. The likes of Ramires, and now PSG defender David Luis were all signed from Benfica. Nemanja Matic also moved from Chelsea to Benfica before he was resigned by Jose Mourinho in January.
Talisca could well be another Benfica and Brazilian player to join Chelsea as the English club is set to launch a bid for the youngster come the summer transfer window.