£18m Premier League target Anderson Talisca discusses 'painful' childhood

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Anderson Talisca of Benfica is also wanted by Manchester United. But he has come from the depths to reach the top.

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.

Chelsea are now said to be considering a move for the player and Manchester United are even being mentioned with an interest in the player - who has been dubbed both the 'Brazilian Yaya' and the 'Next Rivaldo'.

This international break Anderson was supposed to be on his way to China to play with the Brazilian under-23 side. However, after Lucas Moura pulled out of the full squad injured, he was asked to come and play with the big boys.

Now he has been discussing his roots. Whilst away on international duty he was asked what his childhood was like in Brazil, to which he responded:

"My family is from Feira de Santana in Bahia. My childhood was painful as it is the beginning of every child who dreams of being a great player. I went through difficulties, but managed to overcome. I grew up not having a standard legal life. I grew up not having that whole structure, but along with all my family was overcome. My parents and my uncles are very important to me."

Talisca then is a player who has overcome some difficulties already in his life to become perhaps Europe's most wanted player.

Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United appear to be chasing a real gem.

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