Scouting delegations from Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea were among those scribbling in their notebooks as Talisca netted his first Champions League goal.
The 90th-minute winner for Benfica against Monaco was the latest high point in the irrepressible rise of a 20-year-old forward who only left Bahia in his native Brazil this summer.
Compared to Rivaldo by Estadio da Luz coach Jorge Jesus, for whom his physical and technical qualities instantly called to mind the former Barcelona legend, Talisca has now struck nine times in his last ten games.
Endowed with pace enough to play on the flanks and a 6ft 2ins frame that makes him a convincing number nine, he is an elusive, if occasionally frustrating dribbler and a fierce threat at dead balls thanks to a sledgehammer left foot.
However, the full extent of the youngster’s promise was only realised when Bahia coach Marquinos Santos began to employ him as a number ten.
Premier League suitors will know by now that Portugal-proven Brazilian merchandise comes at a premium and Talisca will be no different.
His release clause is currently set at £35m.
It was inserted in his contract when Benfica nabbed him for a £3.1m fee that looks a stellar bargain and the Lisbon club are already keen to up the stipulation to £50m.
According to the Daily Star on Sunday the player’s advisors are keen to see if any rival offers are made before their man goes about inking improved terms at Estadio da Luz.
While Arsenal and United may be girding their loins to do battle for the Brazilian they are already locked into a clash for a top-four Premier League finish.
The Gunners are 11/10 favourites to beat Swansea and will move four points ahead of the Red Devils and into the quartet if they can land the odds.