€18m Arsenal and Liverpool target thanks Jose Mourinho for high praise

Anderson Talisca may be wanted by Liverpool and Arsenal but Jose Mourinho of Chelsea currently has him under his spell.

Benfica followed their usual transfer pattern this summer, as several big players left for vast sums as they tried to pluck obscure hidden gems from their usual sources.

One such player is Anderson Talisca.

The forward signed for Benfica from Brazilian side Bahia in July for a fee in the region of €4 million.

The 20-year-old has since gone on to score an impressive six goals in seven appearances for Benfica in the Portuguese top-flight this season.

That does not come as a surprise to Jose Mourinho. The Chelsea manager recently told press in his homeland that English clubs were queueing up to sign the player this summer - but could not get a Work Permit for the youngster.

"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!

"There were many English teams, great teams and important, that wanted him. Moreover, there were those who wanted to sign him, even though he could not play for now..."

It comes at a time when the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool are both said to be considering making a move for the player. He has an €18 million release clause and could be loaned straight back to Benfica if he made the move to England.

But it would appear Mourinho is doing his best to keep Talisca sweet ahead of a potential future move. And it would appear it is working.

Talisca told Brazilian publication Globo Esportes this week that he was happy to hear of Mourinho's praise:

"I was happy because this is due to the work I'm doing. The two coaches [Mourinho and Benfica's Jorge Jesus] are high quality and I only have to thank them. I know these things happen because I'm doing well and doing the right things. I'm doing my job and want to continue to do it step by step. In life everything has its time..."

If Talisca one day goes on to play in a Chelsea shirt, do not be surprised.

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