The plot to beat Chelsea to the signing of the young sensation, Talisca, has taken a new dimension as reports according to the Express suggest Arsene Wenger will sell Lukas Podolski to fund the move.
The Brasilian player is valued at about £17m by his employers at Benfica, whom he only just joined this summer for less than £3m from Bahia in his native country. Talisca has attracted the interest of Arsenal with his impressive start to life in Portugal where he scored 7 goals in 5 games, the best start by a foreigner to a League season in Portuguese history.
Podolski has not been much of a regular feature for us this season, with just one start this season in the League Cup. Though Wenger had maintained that the German World Cup winner was very much a part of the hunt for glory this season, there is a feeling that his participation may not extend beyond January, the player himself apparently seeking a move that will provide him with more constant football
The boss had sanctioned continuous monitoring of the youngster to gain first hand assessment of his excellent exploits for his country and club this term, scouts having been present in Brasil U-21s game against Bolivia on Saturday.
Chelsea is assumed to have designated Talisca as a long-term target. Mourinho had stated that the inability to obtain a work permit last summer had been the only impediment which prevented Talisca from joining Chelsea. They are expected to make a second move for the player which will be even more appealing to them as he has kept up with the impressive skill set he displayed while still at Bahia.
Knowing Wenger’s admiration of young talents and his capacity to develop them into world class standards, it is no surprise the manager is interested in him, seeing he could go to become under-used at Stamford Bridge, in same way as Oscar. The current Arsenal set-up revolves around young shoulders like Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck and Calum Chambers, and while it is obviously the turn of the ‘British Rule’ at the Emirates, Le Prof will not pass up the chance to make efforts to bring one of the most adulated youngsters in the modern game. From another view, this may also be the beginning of a South-American revolution in Arsenal, with the earlier signings of Alexis and Ospina over the summer.
Talisca plays as a striker, but can operate as a support to the main striker, with his 6ft 2′ frame making him a handful for opposition defenders. Poldi is 29 and no more at his peak, while the 20 year-old Talisca has only just began his own journey in the football world.
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