Andre Villas-Boas discusses signing €18m Liverpool and Arsenal target Anderson Talisca

Anderson Talisca

Brazilian Anderson Talisca has been in excellent form for Benfica this season.

It has been a great season for 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.

"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..."

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 - who has been dubbed both the 'Brazilian Yaya' and the 'Next Rivaldo' although Mourinho poured freezing cold water on that prospect in a recent press conference.

But Talisca has not just caught the eyes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool's bosses. Former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has also made it clear what he thinks of the player.

In an interview with Portuguese TV yesterday he stated:

"Talisca is a player that left a strong mark on the start of the season for Benfica, and for Porto I have to highlight Danilo and Alex Sandro who have reached a level to get called up by Brazil and justified the club's big investment in them.

Considering Zenit's previous for signing players in Portugal, such as the likes of Axel Witsel, Hulk and Ezequiel Garay then Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea should be very worried about their chances being lost to Zenit.

But AVB then confirmed that Talisca, or any Portuguese based players in the near future:

"It's almost impossible for Zenit to buy players in Portugal because of their high price and financial fair play."

Good news, because Zenit would have had a very strong chance of getting him in given their previous.

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