Chelsea have got their season off to a stunning start having racked up four wins from four games, seeing off Burnley, Leicester, Everton and Swansea to take top spot in the Premier League. New signing Diego Costa has certainly hit the ground running since his £32m move from Atletico Madrid, with the Spanish international scoring seven goals in four games.
The Blues spent almost £100m this summer as the likes of Filipe Luis, Cesc Fabregas, Dider Drogba and Loic Remy all joined Costa at Stamford Bridge, but it appears that manager Jose Mourinho may already have his eye on a potential future signing after comments in the Portuguese press this weekend.
Whilst Mourinho made his name with Porto after winning the Champions League, his managerial career actually started with Benfica, but he was only in charge for 11 games before he resigned after a disagreement with the new president at the Estadio da Luz. As a result, Mourinho still gets asked to pass judgement on the goings on at Benfica, and this weekend was no different.
Jorge Jesus' men have had a summer of upheaval - to say the least. After losing key first team players such as Jan Oblak, Ezequiel Garay, Guilherme Siquiera, Andre Gomes, Lazar Markovic and Rodrigo Moreno, they've had to spend wisely. Julio Cesar, Eliseu, Loris Benito, Andreas Samaris, Bryan Cristante, Derley, Bebe and Jonas have all arrived this summer, but their biggest signing so far has been Anderson Talisca.
The 20-year-old Brazilian playmaker joined from Bahia this summer, and has turned in some impressive early displays, including a hattrick against Vitoria Setubal on Friday. Mourinho has been no strange to signing Portuguese based players during his spells at Chelsea, and has hinted that he may be interest in Talisca - and could've even moved for him this summer if it wasn't for work permit issues.
"I think Benfica hired well...They say Talisca is unknown, but he is so unknown that he's only not playing in England because of a work permit. If he had, he was here! There were many great and important English teams that wanted him. Moreover, there were those who wanted to sign him, even though he could not play for now. They wanted wanted to sign him, put in a minor league and hope that eventually came to the selection [for Brazil], and then get the work permit."
The method of loaning players out is something that Chelsea are well trained in with 26 players currently owned by the Blues currently plying their trades away from West London. That particular window of opportunity may have passed them by with Talisca, but if he proves himself in Portugal, Mourinho may well rekindle his interest in the young attacking midfielder.