Chelsea scouts watch Benfica play Zenit

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Chelsea scouts were in attendance to watch the Champions League tie between Benfica and Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday night amid reported interest in Brazilian attacker Anderson Talisca.

The 20-year-old forward scored a hat-trick for Benfica against Vitoria de Setubal last week, prompting Jose Mourinho to comment.

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Mourinho comments

Speaking to a Portuguese TV channel over the weekend, the Chelsea boss said several English teams were after the talented striker before he left Bahia.

He eventually signed for Benfica, and Mourinho praised the Portuguese club's decision to sign the Brazil under-20 international.

Mourinho hinted that it was complications over a work permit that prevented English clubs from signing Talisca, suggesting that maybe Chelsea were one of the clubs keen on the forward.

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Chelsea scouts in Portugal

Well, on Tuesday night club scouts were keeping a close eye on Benfica's top talent - although it may be just coincidental of course. 

As reported by Portuguese football expert @Portu_Goal, Barcelona, AC Milan and Tottenham among others were also at the Estadio da Luz in Portugal for the match between Benfica and Zenit, which the Russian club won 2-0 through goals from former-Porto star Hulk and ex-Benfica midfielder Axel Witsel.

Transfer policy

Chelsea's scouts have successfully recruited some of the world's best young players, with a view to loaning them out immediately.

Chelsea currently have 26 players out on loan to various clubs. Their club policy seems to be sign the best youngsters, loan them out, and if they're good enough - like Thibaut Courtois - they return and play.

If not - like Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne - they are sold on for a big profit.

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