The Chelsea football club is on the verge of making wholesale changes to its roster in an effort to keep pace in Premier League play.
It has already struck gold with striker Demba Ba, who put in his first goal for the Blues against Southampton. However, with Frank Lampard in limbo and the club struggling to figure out what to do with the long-time midfielder, it appears another option needs to be in place.
One of those options is attacking midfielder Taison, the 24-year-old from Metalist Kharkiv who the club has been linked to in recent weeks. According to a report from Sky Sports, Taison has spoken with the club about a January shift and could make the switch fairly soon.
Here's an excerpt from the report:
Metalist Kharkiv attacking midfielder Taison has revealed he has spoken with Chelsea after being linked with a January move and would welcome a reunion with former team-mate Oscar. Taison added of Brazil international Oscar: "I see Oscar, who I played alongside at Internacional, and I want to play with him again."
That's great news for Chelsea, which figures to be active in finding both midfielders and defensive specialists over the course of this transfer period.
At the beginning of January, news started to surface that Chelsea wasn't going to make an offer to long-time midfielder and consensus legend Lampard on the basis of his age and wanted to go in another direction.
That theory came true with the signing of Ba, but over the past few days speculation has run rampant about Lampard's future with the team. Just Friday, teammate John Terry came to the defense of his pal, stating that it would be "devastating" if Lampard wasn't to return (courtesy of The Guardian):
The club captain took to his Instagram account on Friday morning to state that he would be "devastated" if Lampard, as expected, were allowed to leave as a Bosman free agent in the summer, with Los Angeles Galaxy the midfielder's likely destination.
As it's looking more and more like Lampard is headed to the United States, another Premier League club or even another country like Italy, Chelsea must ramp up its efforts to sign players capable of replacing his considerable production in the lineup.
One of those such players is Taison, who has the speed and versatility to help bridge the gap to a new era of Blues football. Chelsea also employs his former teammate Oscar, still working his way into Rafael Benitez's good graces after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo.
One way to expedite that process would be to sign Taison. The club would gain the dual satisfaction of easing the transition for the 24-year-old to Chelsea while also giving Oscar some added comfort and a friend for the coming days.
You can bet Chelsea will start the paperwork for his transition to the Premier League soon, and for good reason. The central midfielder can also play on the flanks, giving Benitez some flexibility and helping bridge the gap from what the Blues are likely losing in Lampard.
Stamford Bridge is in a transitional period in which more players might be coming and going. Look for the young Taison to be one of the good ones—no matter the fate of the legendary Frank Lampard.
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team. Check him out on Twitter.