Chelsea representatives were in Portugal at the weekend to conclude a deal for the exciting Benfica attacker Talisca, who was called up to the Brazilian squad for the first time last month.
The 20-year-old is one of the most highly-rated young talents in the game, and a projected price tag of around £35m hasn’t put off Jose Mourinho.
Good move? For Chelsea? Yes. For the player? We’ll see. The Blues have never been averse to stockpiling some of the best youngsters in the game, and Talisca won’t want to head to London to be a mere squad player. He might be wise to wait another year or two.
Tabloid Gossip I
In a rumour which has refused to go away since the summer, Tottenham are reportedly still keen on the Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who isn’t letting the fact that Saints are five points and six places above Spurs in the league cloud his desire to move to White Hart Lane.
Good move? Spurs could definitely do with a midfielder to revive their flagging season, but surely Schneiderlin would be better off staying put at St Mary’s after such a successful start to the campaign? As Gary Barlow said, just have a little patience Morgan.
Taboid Gossip II
Newcastle want to sign Chelsea’s veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on an emergency loan deal following injuries to Tim Krul and Rob Elliot, and despite young debutant Jak Alnwick’s display in the second half of the win over the Blues at the weekend.
Good move? No. Come on Pardew, trust the kid Alnwick. Anyone whose first act as a Premier League footballer is to take out Diego Costa must have something about him!
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Predictable Rumour Of The Day
The MLS season finished last night, and so naturally Harry Redknapp now wants to sign the division’s established stars on two-month loan deals for QPR. Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Tim Cahill are all reportedly being lined up for moves to Loftus Road.
Good move? Keane – the Player of the Year in America, sorry, the MVP – would add something to the R’s attack, but given that they’ve found some promising home form are they not just better off keeping things as they are? It’s almost as if ‘Arry can’t ‘elp ‘imself…
SOS – Save Our Season
Bottom of the table Leicester City have bid £7m for the prolific Rijeka and Croatia forward Andrej Kramaric, who has scored 28 goals in 23 games this season. There are two problems though, the bid has been rejected and it has alerted Chelsea and Tottenham to the availability of a 23-year-old who has also scored twice for his country.
Where will he go? Leicester might find that they have been outbid by the big boys, but Spurs would be a decent move for the forward. As we suggested yesterday, a switch to Liverpool could be tailor-made for him too.