Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been forced to put his pursuit of Benfica starlet Anderson Talisca on hold until January, because the midfielder wasn't interested in spending a season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem if a summer switch went through.
Talisca only joined Benfica from Bahia in July but is already on the radar of Europe's top clubs after adapting quickly to life in Lisbon, scoring a superb hat-trick in his only his fifth game for the club against Vitoria Setubal last weekend.
Mourinho wanted the 20-year-old and Portuguese newspaper Record believe Talisca may well have joined the legion of players owned by Chelsea playing the continent, if he didn't express a desire to join Benfica and enhance a reputation which has already grown considerably over the last six weeks.
That snub will now prove very expensive for the Blues if Mourinho still wants Talisca, with Benfica putting a quite staggering €45m release clause in a contract that runs until 2019.
What would Talisca offer
Benfica can consider themselves very happy the deal that snared a Brazil under-20 international, ahead of a whole host of Premier League teams.
Talisca is primarily a central midfielder who likes to get forward and have an impact in the final third, a quality that should serve him well with Benfica as Jorge Jesus looks to rebuild a dismantled side over the next 12 months.
Pre-season reports from Lisbon were hardly glowing but Talisca hit the ground running when competitive action got underway, trusted to be thrown in for his Champions League debut against Zenit St-Petersburg in midweek.
Blues scouts will be regulars in Lisbon
Chelsea and Barcelona scouts were there to watch the clash but unfortunately didn't get to see much of Talisca, who was sacrificed after Benfica were reduced to 10 men inside 20 minutes.
Expect Blues scouts to be regulars at the Estadio da Luz this season though, with Talisca very much on Mourinho's radar and viewed as a prospect capable of developing into a Premier League force if given time.
Ideally Chelsea wanted this deal done and Talisca on their conveyor belt at Vitesse by now, but the Blues are used to getting their man and will surely return if Mourinho continues to get glowing feedback on his efforts over the next 12 months.
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