Arsenal Open Talks With €21m Chelsea Target Ahead Of Potential January Move

By on October 15, 2014

The summer transfer window may be closed but managers are already thinking ahead to future transfer windows so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Arsenal step up their interest in Chelsea target Talisca.


Arsenal have stepped up their interest in €21m-rated Chelsea target Talisca as Arsene Wenger lines-up potential replacements for Lukas Podolski, according to reports.

Podolski has fallen out-of-favour this season with the German international making just one start in all competitions so far, and even that was a Capital One Cup tie against Southampton in which he was largely a peripheral figure in the match.

The 29-year-old has recently voiced his concern at his lack of game time and confirmed he would consider his future in January if the situation doesn’t change and it looks like Wenger is already drawing up a list of potential replacements in case the former Bayern Munich star jumps shit this winter.

The Daily Star claim the Gunners have now opened talks with the agent of Benfica’s highly-rated midfielder Talisca ahead of a potential €21m (£17m) January move to the Emirates.

The newspaper suggests that Wenger has been watching the 20-year-old closely this season and stepped up his interest after sending scouts to watch him in action for Brazil’s Under-21’s against Bolivia on Friday.

Talisca only joined Benfica from Brazilian side Bahia in the summer but has settled into life in Portugal superbly, with the attacking midfielder currently topping the goal-scoring charts with six goals in seven games.

However, his impressive form has not only attracted interest from Arsenal as reports claim that Chelsea are also watching developments closely, with Jose Mourinho understood to be keen on luring the Samba Star to Stamford Bridge.

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Talisca is certainly showing a lot of promise but with a €21m price-tag on his head, I have my doubts over whether Wenger or Mourinho would be prepared to spend such an amount on a player who has only made seven appearances in European football and is yet to prove himself over any significant period of time.

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