6 in 8 games, €18m release clause: Liverpool, Arsenal duel over Brazilian striker Talisca

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Prolific Benfica striker linked with both Liverpool and Arsenal.

Arsenal and Liverpool are both being linked with the most in-form striker in Portugal.

Benfica signed Anderson Talisca in the summer from Brazilian side Bahia, and he has repaid their faith, netting six goals in eight games, including a strike at the weekend against Arouca.

Now The Mirror report the two Premier League sides are lurking, and are well aware of his talent.

"It is believed both Arsene Wenger's Gunners and Brendan Rodgers' Reds have watched the Brazil Under-20 international four times each already this season."

Talisca earned praise from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho last month, who insisted the only reason he was not playing in the Premier League was because he does not have a work permit.

He told The Mail: "I think Benfica hired well. They say Talisca is unknown, but he is only so unknown because he's only not playing in England because he doesn't have a work permit. If he had one, he would be here!"

The work permit problem is a big issue potentially, but there is nothing to stop either side signing Talisca and loaning him back for a short period; while his form is also doing his Brazil chances no harm at all either.

Talisca has a €18 million release clause in his contract, and if he can continue his prolific strike rate between now and January, that will quickly begin to look like a bargain.

 

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