Anderson Talisca
Anderson Talisca joined Portuguese champions Benfica from Bahia in July 2014 AFP

Chelsea's assistant first-team coach Silvino Louro appears to have cast doubt on the possibility of Anderson Talisca moving to Stamford Bridge this summer, claiming that to his knowledge there have so far been no talks whatsoever concerning the Benfica midfielder.

Speculation connecting Talisca, who has also previously been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, with a potential transfer to the reigning Premier League champions gathered significant pace prior to the January window, with the versatile Brazilian's current contract said to contain a £35m ($56m) release clause.

Jose Mourinho admitted in September 2014 that his team had actually been scouting the player for two years and only the lack of a necessary work permit had kept him from moving to England before now.

Rumours regarding Chelsea's sustained interest in Talisca resurfaced in April after representatives of the club supposedly attended Benfica's goalless draw against rivals FC Porto at the Estadio da Luz in order to watch both him and teammate Nicolas Gaitan in action.

Mourinho's apparent willingness to bolster his attacking options in the wake of Didier Drogba's exit coupled with his long-standing admiration could make a future deal feasible, although it seems there have not been any prominent talks regarding such a prospect as of yet.

"To my knowledge, there are no discussions at all," Silvino, a former goalkeeper who has worked closely with Mourinho since his successful spell in charge at Porto, told Portuguese publication Bolo Branca, as reported by Talksport.

While doubts obviously remain over Talisca's future, one deal that does appear to be on the verge of completion is Mourinho's surprise loan swoop for Monaco's Radamel Falcao.

The formerly prolific Colombian striker scored just four league goals during a disappointing loan spell at Manchester United last season but he appears set to receive a second chance to impress in English football, with Drogba having left Chelsea in a bid to prolong his illustrious playing career by at least one further year.

Falcao is currently on international duty at the 2015 Copa America in Chile. Having slumped to an unexpected loss at the hands of Venezuela in their opening Group C fixture on 14 June, Jose Pekerman's side bounced back with a fiery 1-0 victory over Brazil in Santiago on 17 June.

Jeison Murillo scored the only goal of the game for Colombia after 36 minutes, while Neymar and Carlos Bacca were both red carded following a confrontation in the aftermath of the final whistle.