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Manchester City plot move for Chelsea target Taison

January 08, 2013

Roman Abramovich could lose out on £11m target Taison after Manchester City tried to hijack the deal at the last minute.

Taison, 24, believed he was on his way to Stamford Bridge after Metalist Kharkiv agreed a deal with Chelsea who have also settled on personal terms with the Brazilian midfielder.

But Metalist are understood to have suddenly asked for more money after City, Benfica and Shakhtar Donetsk all made enquiries.

Chelsea owner Abramovich is aware of the last minute change and is desperate for Taison not to join their Premier League title rivals.

Despite being uncapped by Brazil, Taison is in big demand and Metalist have told Chelsea to sort it out in the next 24 hours - or they will go elsewhere.

Metalist are believed to now want £13m and are determined to get tough even though Taison was allowed to go to Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Nordjaelland in December.

The Ukrainian club now believe Chelsea are dragging their heels and, because of strong interest from other clubs, they have a lever to turn up the heat to get the deal done.

Shakhtar already have a host of Brazilian stars - including Willian - while Benfica have also made enquiries.

Taison was fully expecting to join Chelsea and has already taken legal steps to get a work permit which may have been an issue as he is not a full international.

But this latest development will test Chelsea as to how much they want to sign him and they will certainly be determined to fend off City’s interest.

Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez last night claimed the Chelsea board accept this is a "transition" season at Stamford Bridge and that he will be judged on what he does in the three remaining cup competitions.


Source: DailyMirror


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