As many as three Premier League clubs are determined to sign Anderson Talisca next summer, according to the Express. In fact, it's been suggested that the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all want to bring the attacking star to England's elite division in 2015.
After the player ruled out leaving Portugal for the Premier League in the upcoming January transfer window, it now appears that a summer switch could be on the cards.
It's not surprising that Liverpool and Co. are all interested in the player's services, as he's recognised as one of the leading youngsters in world football. At just 20-years-old, the attacking midfielder has already been compared to Brazil legend Rivaldo.
Former Bahia co-ordinator Newton Mota recently told reporters: "Talisca has become the darling of Portugal and some people call him 'Yaya Talisca.'
"His technique is very accurate but I liken him more to Rivaldo, who was also left-footed with a long stride and capable of scoring goals from distance.
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"Of course, Rivaldo was a world champion so it is very early to make comparisons but, if I see a resemblance between Talisca and anyone else, it is with him."
Talisca, then, would certainly prove quite the coup for any of the Premier League trio, but it remains to be seen as to whether he will look to move on in the summer of 2015.
Who needs him?
There's no doubt about it, Chelsea already have an array of attacking talent at Stamford Bridge, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Co. at the club, but Jose Mourinho may well be plotting for long term success.
Arsenal - much like Chelsea - also have a number of top stars in the forward areas, but they may have to replace Lukas Podolski, who has recently hinted at a move away from the club.
Liverpool, meanwhile, could do with improving their squad, with the likes of Rickie Lambert and Co. struggling to settle at Anfield. If Talisca lives up to his potential, then he may well be worth the risk for all three Premier League clubs.
It will be interesting to see just how this story develops over the coming weeks and months, and if the battle for the player's signature heats up in the immediate future.
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