Manchester City are being linked with a late transfer raid on Chelsea target Taison.
The Brazilian midfielder appeared set for a move to Stamford Bridge, after the Blues agreed an £11 million transfer fee and personal terms for the 24-year-old.
However, The Daily Mirror reports that the Citizens, Benfica and Shakhtar Donetsk all want the player, and will look to ‘hijack’ his move to west London at the last minute.
Metalist Kharkiv have now ‘dug their heels in’ over Taison, according to the report, and after enquiries from the aforementioned trio, the asking price has been raised to £13 million.
Rafa Benitez already has a number of Brazilian players at his disposal on the King’s Road, with Ramires, Oscar and David Luiz all regulars in the Blues side.
And, with Frank Lampard out of contract at Chelsea at the end of the season, Taison could be a potential midfield replacement for the England international.
The uncapped Brazilian wouldn’t be alone at Manchester City either mind you, with Maicon part of manager Roberto Mancini’s squad at the Etihad Stadium.
Were the Premier League champions to land the player, his addition would be a major coup, given the fact that he appeared so close to joining one of the Citizens’ title rivals.