Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that several Premier League sides were among those chasing Benfica starlet Talisca during the summer transfer window, as reported by the Daily Express.
Problems with work permits mean that despite significant interest from elsewhere, Talisca could only secure a move to Portugal, where it is easy to move to from Brazil.
He has been an immense success at the Portuguese giants since making his debut, scoring three goals in only four appearances for the club, and there have been question marks over why the player did not move to a larger club this summer.
Mourinho himself has confirmed, however, that the player did attract interest from Premier League sides, and were it not for his work permit situation, he would have found himself with more options to chose from.
He told TVI24: “Some say he’s unknown. He’s so unknown the only thing stopping him from playing in England is work permit.
“Good English clubs wanted him, and they even wanted to sign him and loan him out so he could get a work permit later.”
While Talisca has represented Brazil at Under 20 level, he has not played for the senior side, making it difficult to get him a work permit.
Could Mourinho be hinting that his team were among those targeting the youngster?