Stamford Bridge side close in on talented attacker.
Chelsea are stepping up their efforts to sign Metalist Kharkiv star Taison and Newcastle striker Demba Ba.
The Blues look set to miss out on Theo Walcott with the Arsenal star set to sign a new deal at The Emirates.
Taison claims he has already held talks with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the Blues are continuing to pursue Ba as Paris St-Germain weigh up a late move for the Senegal international.
Chelsea want to sign at least two players as they look to boost their chances of winning silverware this term, including the Premier League, where they sit 14 points behind leaders Manchester United with two games in hand.
Chelsea want to buy the 24-year-old for £10million and if the deal goes through then Taison will be reunited with compatriot Oscar, the two having formed a close bond while they were at Brazilian side Internacional.
“I went to England [some weeks ago] just to take a look,” said Taison, who can play as a striker and as a wide player. “I talked to the president. I saw Oscar and I want to play with him again.”
SOURCE: Evening Standard
Chelsea have been tracking Metalist forward Taison for some weeks now and the departure of Daniel Sturridge leaves room for such an addition to be made to the Blues squad.
The £10m rated Brazilian international has apparently already met Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich and discussed the possibility of a move to West London and now such a deal is gathering momentum.
As well as joining friend Oscar at Chelsea he will join fellow Brazilians David Luiz, Ramires and Lucas Piazon at the Premier League club.
Taison is into his third season at Ukraine side Metalist Kharkiv and has been a massive success, scoring and assisting regularly and would certainly be interested in a move to the Premier League side.
The adaptable attacker can play in an advanced central midfield role as well as on the flanks and was considered a very exciting talent whilst at Internacional prior to his move to Ukraine.
Chelsea will have to hope an application for a work permit for the 24 year old will succeed, a move that could be somewhat complicated by the fact Taison hasn’t been capped at senior level by Brazil.
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