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Chelsea in talks with Metalist Kharkhiv’s Brazilian forward Taison for potential move in January

Published: November 30, 2012 | 9:05 am
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Chelsea are poised to bring in 24-year-old Brazilian striker Taison to bolster their attack as misfiring striker Fernando Torres continues to falter.

Taison, who plays as an attacking midfielder for Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv, was invited to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to watch the tepid 0-0 draw with Fulham and to thrash out a deal which would see the player join the club for around £10m in January.
The versatile Brazilian can fill the role of striker or a wide player and would be a natural successor to Torres or indeed Frank Lampard, who is certain to leave the club at the end of the season.
He has played for Metalist 69 times and scored 18 times since his move from Brazilian side Internacional two and a half years ago, where he was a team-mate of Chelsea star Oscar.
Wednesday night’s draw saw Torres extend his goalless streak in the league to 10 hours and 49 minutes, but owner Roman Abramovich, who spent £50m on the 28-year-old in Jan 2011, is still backing his striker.
“We have had five training sessions, so it’s still early. For me we are watching things that are positive,” manager Rafael Benítez said of Torres, but he will need to find other options if the barren run continues.

Nigerian striker Victor Moses is heading to the African Nations Cup in January and Daniel Sturridge is being courted by Liverpool.
Chelsea have been linked with a summer move for Atletico Madrid’s prolific striker Radamel Falcao, but the player has been valued at around £46m, a price Abramovich is reluctant to pay, so Taison presents a quick and relatively cheap solution.
Chelsea will need to make an application for a work permit under the ‘special talent’ rule since the player has never represented the Brazil national team, but a deal could be announced in the next 24 hours.


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