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Five facts on reported Chelsea target Anderson Talisca

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Chelsea are thought to be chasing Benfica wonderkid Anderson Talisca but what do their fans need to know about him?

According to a report in the Daily Star, Jose Mourinho's Chelsea may look to continue their assault on Benfica by making a move for highly-rated youngster Anderson Talisca.

The Premier League's table toppers have a history of poaching the top talent that comes out of Benfica; David Luiz made the switch from Portugal in 2011 and Nemanja Matic returned to the club last January.

Talisca only moved to Benfica earlier this summer but his five goals in six games for the Lisbon-based club have brought in scouts from all across Europe.

Mourinho has already revealed his admiration for the youngster by revealing on a Portuguese TV station that Talisca managed to get a work permit, he would already be playing in England by now.

Chelsea supporters could be forgiven for knowing not much about the Benfica man so here are five facts that they need to know:

1) Roots

Anderson Talisca came through the ranks at Brazilian club Bahia, who are the same club that produced world class Barcelona full-back Dani Alves. Talisca quickly progressed upwards through the club and was by far their best player prior to his £3.2 million transfer to Benfica in July.

2) Value

The £3.2 million that Benfica paid is the highest fee Bahia have ever received for one of their players. The fee they received from Sevilla for Dani Alves was thought to be only £500,000.

3) Position

The youngster is a left-footed attacking midfielder, who can play in any of the three positions behind a striker. He is known for being a dead-ball specialist and possesses a great burst of pace which helps him to glide past opponents.

4) Height 

Talisca's is rather tall for an attacking midfielder, standing at 6ft 2. Should he join Chelsea he would immediately be joint tallest attacker alongside Diego Costa and Didier Drogba.

5) International

Talisca is just 20-year-old and has only represented the Brazilian national team at under-20 level. He shouldn't have any problem settling in at Chelsea if a move materialised. The Blues already have four Brazilian in their first team squad in Filipe Luis, Ramires, Oscar and Willian.

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