The Brazilian attacker – also wanted by Arsenal and Manchester United – has been a major hit since his summer move to Lisbon, scoring 11 goals in all competitions, despite not being an orthodox centre-forward.
His performances have attracted vast levels of attention from the biggest sides in Europe, with talk of release clause-triggering £35m offers for the 20-year-old being widely reported.
And Chelsea are understood to be ready to pay big for the ‘wonder kid’ with Jose Mourinho keen to add the silky starlet to his attacking armoury.
Talisca has recently been praised by Chelsea’s Oscar – who compared him to Rivaldo – while speculation has suggested that the west Londoners’ Brazilian contingent – Willian, Filipe Luis and Ramires – may be able to persuade him to join the Stamford Bridge giants.
The youngster has recently been called up to represent the Selecao for their upcoming clashes with Turkey and Austria.
Mourinho is believed to be plotting for life after Didier Drogba, who is expected to end his playing career when the current season finishes.