Metalist Kharkiv manager Miron Markevich has given midfielder Taison the green light to leave the club.

The uncapped Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea reported to have agreed a fee last week and Manchester City also said to be keen on the 24-year-old.

A move to Stamford Bridge appeared to hit a snag after new owners took charge of the Ukranian club, but Markevich believes it would be in the best interest of all parties to let the former Internacional starlet leave the Metalist Stadium.

“If he does not play with the soul and heart of Kharkiv, he is not with Metalist and it is better to let him go,” he’s quoted as saying in The Evening Standard.

“Prior to the change of ownership of the club, there was an option for parting with Taison. At the same time, the new owner does not share this position and does not think that we must part with Taison.

“He has a clause in the contract, according to which, if any club will offer $20million [£12.4m] or more, we will be forced to sell him. If this happens, I would urge the owner to part with Taison. I am sure that I can, for that money, buy two players to replace Taison and it will only strengthen the team.”

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez already has a strong Brazilian contingent at his disposal, with Oscar, David Luiz and Ramires all part of the first team squad in west London.

And, after holding talks with Blues owner Roman Abramovich before Christmas, according to The Evening Standard, it’s clear the European Champions are eager to add the player to their ranks.

Various reports over the last 48 hours have claimed that Manchester City are looking to hijack the deal however, with Roberto Mancini wanting to bring the player to the Etihad Stadium.

Indeed, The Daily Mirror claimed that Benfica and Shakhtar Donetsk were also willing to challenge the Citizens in their late pursuit of the player.

It’s Chelsea who appear to be in the strongest position to land the player however, and with fresh backing from his current boss, the potential move may have received a much-needed boost.

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