According to reports, Chelsea a looking at landing Benfica and Brazilian wonder kid Anderson Talisca. Jose Mourinho side is thought to be interest in signing the Benfica youngster when the winter transfer window opens in January. Chelsea have done some good transfer business with Benfica after signing players like Ramires, David Luiz and even Nemanja Matic in recent times and with reports linking Anderson Talisca to Chelsea, it seems the blues will look to continue to snap up nice players coming through Benfica.
Talisca has been brilliant for Benfica this season scoring five goals in six games in the Portuguese Liga Don Sagres. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho have also spoken about the player in glowing terms and many see him as a player who will replace Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge as the Ivorien is set to retire at the end of the current season. But, before he makes his switch to SW6 we take a look at five things fans should know about the Brazilian wonder kid.
1. Training and Academy:
Anderson Talisca came through the academy system at Brazilian club Bahia in the Brasilerao. Talisca quickly progressed upwards through the club’s youth system into the first team and was by far their best player prior to his transfer to Benfica in July 2014. Barcelona right full back Dani Alves is also a product of Bahia youth system.
- Record Transfer Fee
Bahia received a club record fee of £3.2 million from Benfica before his move last summer. The £3.2 million is the highest Bahia have received from the sale of any of their player and is thought to be £1.7 million higher than the fee Sevilla paid for Dani Alves who was bought for £500,000
Talisca is 6ft 2 or 188cm and weighs 72kg. It is rare to see attacking midfielders of his height in modern day games and should he join Chelsea he would immediately be joint tallest attacker alongside Diego Costa and Didier Drogba.
- Position and Qualities:
Talisca is a left-footed attacking midfielder who likes playing from the left and cutting in but has shown that he is also capable of leading the line when called upon. He is technically gifted with a great pace, strong in the air, can hold up play, shoot from long range and is a threat in set pieces.
- International Career
The Youngster with full name Anderson Souza Conceição Talisca was born in Brazil on 01-02-1994 and at just 20-year-old and has represented the Brazilian national team at under-20 level. He shouldn’t have any problem settling at Chelsea if a move materialise. The Blues already have four Brazilian in their first team squad in Filipe Luis, Ramires, Oscar and Willian and those will help him settle down as fast as possible.