Chelsea £36m target says he knows of interest, club look closer to signing him

Chelsea's interest in Talisca is something we've been covering from the Portuguese press for months. O Jogo and Record, both Portuguese newspapers, were reporting about the London club being interested well before the British press had likely heard of his existence. The interest was covered even before Talisca 'came good', his meteroetic rise this season wasn't predicted but still there were reports of Chelsea sniffing around for a future deal.

That was because Jose Mourinho had been talking about the player doing well and predicting great things from him. At the start of the Portuguese season he was asked by his native media which players would impress. Mourinho named Talisca and then explained he'd been watching him for a while and said English clubs had been interested but weren't able to get a work permit to fulfil a transfer. 

That upset Benfica manager Jorge Jesus who insisted it had been he who discovered Talisca, but last week the president of Behia, Talisca's former club, confirmed English clubs did have people present at matches last season. Just don't tell Jesus!

Talisca's huge rise has seen many clubs linked and the player himself has previously said he's pleased Mourinho likes him. He's again acknowledged he's heard of Chelsea interest. O Jogo have an interview with Talisca and pressed him on the Chelsea matter "The only things I know is what the newspapers say, but that's not bothering me... I stay calm."

The Brazilian wants to finish the season well with Benfica and concentrate on that, but the Portuguese press have got excited by the whole thing. Mourinho's comments about bureaucratic reasons holding back a transfer are brought up again, but now Talisca would find getting a work permit easier given that he's in the full Brazil squad. 

Even without Talisca's blistering form, the work permit news brings the possibility of a Chelsea transfer closer. The player himself knows all about the reported interested but also knows he needs to keep impressing for Benfica. 

Talisca's buyout clause is €45m, which converts to £36m. 

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