Arsene Wenger has initiated a plot to capture long term Chelsea target, Talisca.
Besides the little shove and light fist flexes of October the 5th at Stamford Bridge, the Gunners boss is yet to beat his Portuguese nightmare in any competitive encounter on the pitch. On the transfer tables too, Mourinho seems to have had the upper hand in two of the most significant deals involving both clubs – first, the Cole/Gallas saga in 2006 and the capture of a certain Spanish player this summer. The boss has now sanctioned continuous monitoring of the youngster to gain first hand assessment of his excellent exploits for his country and club, Benfica, this term, scouts having been present in Brasil U-21s game against Bolivia on Saturday.
Chelsea have been the busiest club in England over the past decade in terms of transfer activity due to the investments of Roman Abramovich in 2004, signing the majority of the top players for the most expensive prices within the period. 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.
Talisca, born Anderson Souza Conciecao, is mainly an Attacking midfielder. His 6ft 2′ frame has been deployed by Jorge Jesus at the Estadio da Luz as a striker to good effect, and if he continues at this rate, a talk of a move next summer may begin to make the rounds. He is currently a member of the Brasil U-20s but could soon make the step up to the Selecao, with Dunga believed to have been impressed by his prodigious displays.
Wenger may not have been in a hurry to begin serious enquiries for Talisca but this presents a (rare) opportunity for him to get one over Mourinho, now and in the long-term.
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