Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is still keeping tabs on Benfica forward Anderson Talisca and is eyeing up the Brazilian as his next top summer target.
According to the London Evening Standard, the 20-year-old forward, who is also wanted by Arsenal and Manchester United, is Mourinho's number one priority as the Chelsea manager plots his second big-money deal for a forward. He signed Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid this summer.
With Fernando Torres out on loan and unlikely to return and Didier Drogba set to turn 37 at his next birthday in March, Mourinho wants another forward brought in to compete with Loic Remy and back up Costa.
Talisca, who has been tipped to earn a call-up to the Brazilian national side after impressive performances for Benfica and the Brazil under-21s, has nine goals in his last 10 games.
He won praise from Mourinho over the summer, when the Stamford Bridge manager revealed that several Premier League clubs were scouting Talisca in Brazil over the summer. Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal were reportedly among them.
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It was Benfica who took the plunge though, signing him for £3.1m from Bahia in his native country. And the Portuguese club look set to earn a huge profit. Talisca has a £35m buy-out clause in his Benfica contract, and they're keen to offer him a new contract increasing that figure to £47m.
I am only 20 and it is like a dream to play in the Champions League. Being able to score is indescribable — it was the best feeling in my life - Anderson Talisca, Benfica
Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester United have also been keeping close tabs on Talisca, who has emerged as one of the best young forwards in Europe.
And while Talisca admits it is great to be linked with clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United, he insisted recently that he's just keeping his feet on the ground.
Focused on Benfica
He said: “I am thinking only of Benfica. I’m ready, I know I have and am able to learn a lot from this wonderful group, with supporters and with the coach.
“It was a great feeling for me to score and be nominated for man of the match [against Monaco].
“I am only 20 and it is like a dream to play in the Champions League. Being able to score is indescribable — it was the best feeling in my life.”