Benfica's Anderson Talisca plays down talk of move to Chelsea or Liverpool

Benfica playmaker Anderson Talisca says he isn't thinking of a move way from the club.

With the January transfer window just around the corner, the rumour mill is working in overdrive linking players with moves to the Premier League.

One of those players is Benfica playmaker Anderson Talisca, who is a reported target for Chelsea and Liverpool in the New Year or even next summer.

After Benfica lost the likes of Jan Oblak, Ezequiel Garay, Guilherem Siquiera, Andre Gomes, Lazar Markovic, Oscar Cardozo and Rodrigo this summer, they need to replenish their squad with new talent.

Loris Benito, Bryan Cristante, Andreas Samaris and Bebe were just some of the names snapped up by Jorge Jesus, but the best signing they made was that of Talisca.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder arrived from Bahia for just €4m (£3.2m), and has set Portugal alight so far with his exceptional displays.

Described as a hybrid of Neymar and Yaya Toure - a frightening thought in itself - Talisca has smashed nine goals in just 14 games for Benfica, leading to rumours of a move to England.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has publicly praised the Brazil international, suggesting that he'd have signed him in the summer if he had a work permit, whilst Liverpool are in desperate need of some attacking reinforcements and have been credited with an interest in Talisca.

Yet when speaking to O Jogo, Talisca poured cold water on speculation of a possible January move, vowing to stay with Benfica until at least the end of the season.

"The only things I know is what the newspapers say, but that's not bothering me...I stay calm," said Talisca.

Talisca's recent call-up to the Brazil squad makes it easier for him to get a work permit, and with rumours of possible exits for Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah, Chelsea will no doubt be monitoring his progress.

However, no matter how much they or Liverpool want him, it seems they may have to wait to have any chance of signing Benfica's latest sensation.

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