Didier Drogba may well find himself replaced by Chelsea at the end of the 2014/15 campaign, with reports suggesting that Brazilian starlet Talisca could succeed the legendary Ivorian at Stamford Bridge.
Benfica playmaker Talisca has been linked with a potential switch to the Premier League in recent weeks after Jose Mourinho fanned the transfer flames by revealing that several heavyweight English clubs had demonstrated a keen intent to sign the talented 20-year-old despite the fact that they would have been forced to send him out on loan overseas due to obvious work permit complications.
Despite the Brazilian U20 international currently deployed in an attacking midfield role at the Estadio da Luz, according to the Daily Express, Mourinho - clearly a huge fan of Talisca - believes he possesses the attributes necessary to become a striker in the future.
Indeed, the Express further suggests that, in the event that Talisca were to arrive at Chelsea in 2015, he is most likely to replace club legend Drogba.
Having left a stunning and enduring legacy with the Blues after securing the club's maiden Champions League title with his very last kick in a Chelsea shirt back in 2012, the 36-year-old returned to his former club on a one-year deal in July following a prompt exit from Turkish champions Galatasaray.
While the rather unexpected comeback of a true hero obviously created a real buzz of excitement among Chelsea supporters, Drogba has done little to suggest that he will remain at the club - as a player at least - beyond the end of that 12-month contract.
Regular chances have been rather limited with fellow summer signing Diego Costa in such imperious goalscoring form and Mourinho also bolstering his strikeforce with the addition of French international Loic Remy from West London rivals Queens Park Rangers towards the end of the transfer window, however the burly frontman has failed to register on the scoresheet in six appearances so far this term.
Drogba was notably poor during the rather lacklustre 1-1 Champions League draw with Bundesliga outfit Schalke earlier this month, although a little rustiness is surely to be expected given that he has spent the past two campaigns plying his trade in obviously inferior leagues.
Whether Talisca - who supposedly has a release clause set at a staggering €45 million - has the ability to develop and craft his game to such an extent that he will be able to operate as a lone striker and compete with Costa and Remy for a starting berth is obviously a question that will only be answered if Chelsea are successful in their attempts to prise him away from the Primeira Liga.
That in itself could prove a difficult task given that the player only transferred to Benfica in July, although he will presumably be handed huge encouragement by Mourinho's public appraisal of his skills and significant potential.
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