Report: Mourinho to deploy Jorge Mendes to help him land Talisca

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According to reports in Portugal, Chelsea believe they can land Benfica star Anderson Talisca.

You'd think that Chelsea had most of the attacking talent they could possibly need now.

Manager Jose Mourinho led a superb transfer overhaul, shipping out goalshy trio Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba, and replacing them with Didier Drogba, Diego Costa and Loic Remy.

Put them alongside Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian and you begin to see why Chelsea are obliterating everyone who stands in their way of winning the Premier League title.

Yet with rumours that Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah could leave the club, adding another attacking midfielder could be on Mourinho's agenda - and there are no prizes for guessing who.

For months now, Mourinho has been linked with a move to sign Benfica star Anderson Talisca, who has been likened to a hybrid of Neymar and Yaya Toure - and it's no wonder given these comments back in September.

"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!" said Mourinho.

Now, after Talisca smashed nine goals in just 14 games for Benfica after his summer move from Brazilian side Bahia, Portuguese newspaper O Jogo believe there's a plot afoot at Stamford Bridge - even after Mourinho denied a January bid for Talisca is on the way.

O Jogo say that Mourinho is enlisting the help of Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes to broker the deal, which would see Chelsea sign Talisca but leave him at Benfica on loan whilst he gains a work permit.

They are hoping that the loan agreement - as well as Mendes' influence - will convince Benfica to accept a bid less than Talisca's €35m (£27m) release clause.

Mourinho's comments earlier this week may well have been a duplicitous ploy to convince Arsenal and Liverpool that they aren't interested in a deal, with both of their rivals credited with an interest in 20-year-old Talisca.

Another boost for Blues fans is that it was O Jogo who broke the news that Chelsea would be signing Benfica star Nemanja Matic a year ago - something that hadn't been picked up by English press at the time.

Talisca's situation is one that Chelsea supporters should be keeping an eye on - and there's a fair chance that he'll be turning out in West London in the future, if reports are to be believed.

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