Manchester United linked with £35.5 million move for Anderson Talisca, again!

Manchester United are reportedly ready to make a £35.5 million move for Benfica star Anderson Talisca. The Brazilian was linked to United in the summer but a two-year loan with Turkish side Besiktas ended the speculation with quotes from the hierarchy at the club. The move, being touted ahead of the summer transfer window has been speculated by Portuguese newspaper A Bola, which has been carried by The Sun in the United Kingdom.

This season in Turkey, Talisca has played a total of 36 times for his club, 30 starts, plus six substitute appearances, scoring 16 goals, offering three assists also. The Brazilian averages 3.4 shots, 1.1 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per game. On average in the matches WhoScored have been able to rate him for, his average rating is 7.18, which is not bad for a player of his age but he is playing in a league which is deemed less competitive compared to any of the top five leagues in Europe.

The 24-year-old is an attacking midfielder but is a central player. United really need a player to come in on the right side of the wing which is their weakest point in attack right now. Centrally, there are many players, including Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and even Alexis Sanchez – although it is questionable whether both Pogba and Sanchez can play in the same team and formation together. Jose Mourinho has been long linked with Talisca though, so whether the interest is true or not, remains to be seen.

It is stated in the Independent today that Mourinho is seeking four major signings in the summer which could see as many as seven first team players leave the club. It is suggested that Mourinho will be looking for a central defensive partner for Eric Bailly and a controlling midfielder, which will cover half of the four key players the Portuguese manager is seeking to sign. Could Talisca be one of those four key players? I am not so sure. He is experienced in the Turkish league but a move to the Premier League will be a big leap for him.

Turkish newspaper Miliyet have reported that Wolverhampton Wanderers, seeking promotion to the Premier League this season, are in the running for Talisca. I would believe that link as it would be less of a gamble for the Brazilian. I know he would still be playing in the Premier League, but he will be under less pressure to succeed at Wolves then he would be under at Manchester United. Looking at recent players who have made the jump from a lesser league, Memphis Depay for instance, it just did not work at United for him.

The Sun report states that Jorge Mendes is Talisca’s agent too, which is not correct and possibly where the link to Wolves comes from, being that Mendes is connected to the Championship club in the form of an advisor. Transfermarkt states that Talisca’s agent is actually Carlos Leite, of Carlos Leite Sports which is not the company Mendes represents, Gestifute. Perhaps The Sun just need to get stories out with as little fact as possible, which now suggests that the link is nothing other than speculation.

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