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Anderson Talisca reportedly agrees personal terms with Manchester United

Anderson Talisca is one of many players linked to Manchester United this summer and one of many who could play to his potential. Jose Mourinho is obviously looking to changes things at the Old Trafford club this summer in a bid to find a squad which can compete in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League next season. United’s first season under the Portuguese manager earned them three trophies; the FA Community Shield, the EFL Cup, and the UEFA Europa League. Mourinho and his United team will be looking to build on that haul next season and he will need the players who offer the kind of thing he is looking for. Talisca spent last season on loan with Besiktas, scoring 17 goals in 33 appearances, which is a good return from the midfielder. The player is due to spend a second season at the Turkish club, but reports suggest United could swoop in for the player this summer.

What is being reported and by who?

The Sun have carried reports on Wednesday that United were in a position whereby they have ‘agreed personal terms’ with the player. The report also suggested that Besiktas have a €20 million clause written into the player’s loan deal which United are looking to match or even better in a bid to get such a deal across the line with the Brazilian midfielder moving to Old Trafford this summer. Turkish Football have reported that Besiktas official Metin Albayrak has stated he knows nothing about this potential deal and that he expects the player to play for the Turkish club next season, which suggests that either Benfica have not said anything to Besiktas, or there is nothing to this at all, other than speculation, of course. There are other reports out there talking about this prospective deal, using the same information as The Sun have provided, which seems to be from one particular source of information, Turkish newspaper AMK. The player does have a release clause in his contract which is reported to be £22 million.

What type of player is Anderson Talisca?

Anderson Talisca is a winner, the sort of thing Jose Mourinho likes in a player. During his career which started in Brazil, Talisca has won the Campeonato Baiano with Bahia. In 2014 the player signed for Benfica where he has won two Primeira Liga titles, two Taça da Liga trophies and the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira. The Brazilian moved to Besiktas last summer on a two-year loan spell, which could be cut short this summer, winning the Süper Lig. On the international stage for Brazil at U20 level, the player was part of the team which lifted the 2013 Toulon Tournament trophy. Talisca has played at U20 and currently plays at U23 level for his home country. Talisca has an eye for a goal and is said to have taken more shots on target in the league over any other player also having the best conversion rate in the Süper Lig last season. The Brazilian is a powerful attacking midfielder, something United could do with and is nicknamed the Snake, which could be deemed an insult by many but the Besiktas supporters have called him that based on the attacking prowess of the creature. Turkish Football says Talisca was built for the Premier League as he has raw power, speed, and an impressive work rate.

Likelihood of the transfer?

The only problem with Anderson Talisca is that he may find it hard to obtain a work permit in the United Kingdom based on the fact he has not played 30% of matches for Brazil over the last two years. This can be overcome with any buying club using the ‘exceptional talent’ avenue which is something United have done in the past when signing players who would be able to be classed in that particular area. The only other factor is that Besiktas have a contract with the player and Benfica, albeit only a loan contract, but he is due to spend the entirety of next season with the Turkish champions, which is something that would need to be ironed out if the reports of United agreeing personal terms with the player are in fact correct. The fact that he is a Benfica player, and the Portuguese club have been involved in speculation with certain players in the past *cough* Nicolas Gaitan *cough*, this could be the latest addition to that speculation. United should be interested in players like Talisca though, those who are seemingly under the radar in relation to the world class player being linked to the club. Not all word class players work out for the club, with other avenues needing to be taken. Could we see Talisca at Old Trafford next season? Who knows, but sooner or later, we should see something develop if this rumour has any legs at all.

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