Reported Arsenal and Liverpool target Anderson Talisca rules out move

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Anderson Talisca of Benfica has ruled out a potential move from Portugal at this moment in time.

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

One such player was 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 have an an impressive start to life in the Portuguese top-flight.

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.

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 so is certainly affordable.

Last night he again proved he is worth all the attention. He scored the winning goal for Benfica against Monaco in the Champions League last night - as Arsenal and Liverpool toiled to a respective draw and defeat.

The Brazilian netted in the 82nd minute of the game to put his side back in contention for Champions League second round qualification, along with Bayer Leverkusen and Zenit St Petersburg.

It was his ninth goal of the season and his first in the Champions League. It also extended his recent scoring streak to three games in a row. So there is certainly a reason tongues are wagging across Europe.

But he is trying to ignore speculation for the time being.

Asked by Portuguese television after the game what he thought of a potential exit, he is quoted by O Jogo as stating:

"I am thinking only of Benfica. I'm ready, I know I have and am able to learn much from this wonderful group, with supporters and with the coach."

For now then it would seem as though Talisca is happy to stay put in Portugal in order to continue his development. But if he keeps up this form, Arsenal and Liverpool won't be the only ones to come knocking.

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