There had been some reports that Chelsea have pretty much tied up a deal to sign Metalist Kharkiv attacking midfielder Taison during this window, but it has now emerged that Manchester City are trying to steal him form under the noses of the blues.

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.

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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. (Daily Mirror)

Taison has undoubted quality and has the physical presence to cut it in the Premier League, but although City want him he has shown a desire to head to Chelsea and ply his trade there.

So although clubs are making a late dash for him, the blues should win the race for his services.