Chelsea are continuing to restructure their playing staff with interim manager Rafael Benitez in charge and one of their latest reported targets is Brazilian attacker Taison, currently with Ukrainian top flight side Metalist Kharkiv.
Early last summer, the Stamford Bridge club shelled out around £28 million to bring Oscar to the club from Brazilian side Sport Club Internacional, and two years earlier Taison Barcellos Freda was leaving the same team to move to Europe.
Sky Sports report that Chelsea are already some way down the path to signing the attacker, while the fee is thought to be around the £11 million mark. This would provide Metalist with an almost double-your-money scenario after they paid a little more than £5.5 million to bring him to Ukraine from Brazil.
Playing mainly as a left-sided forward for Metalist, Taison has notched up 13 goals in 57 league appearances since signing during the 2010-11 season—as well as an impressive 19 assists.
In the Europa League, Taison has added a further seven goals and seven assists.
Certainly then there is plenty of creativity and no shortage of end product in the final third from the Brazilian, while his excellent acceleration and willingness to run at defenders can quickly open up opposition sides.
A clear preference for his right foot is almost reminiscent of one-time Chelsea loaned misfit Ricardo Quaresma, though perhaps he seems more inclined to combine with his team-mates than the Portuguese winger.
Taison hit the headlines in November with an outrageous Marco van Basten-esque volley in the Europa League against Rosenborg, which can be viewed in the video above.
Pace, an eye for a calm finish, and an inclination to dribble past defenders from the left side, cutting infield; it sounds as though Chelsea might have identified a good option to play in the line of attacking midfielders behind the striker—but don't they already have themselves one of those?
It remains to be seen what this potential move might mean for the Chelsea career of Marko Marin in particular, who has struggled to make an impact since joining in the summer.
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