Manchester United have already completed a deal to bring in Victor Lindelof, and things have gone stagnant since that point in terms of players coming through the Old Trafford entrance doors. One man who was heavily linked with a move to the Red Devils Anderson Talisca.
The 23-year-old attacker is currently plying his trade for Besiktas in Turkey whilst on loan, but he is owned by Portuguese team SL Benfica.
However, it is, in fact, Besiktas’ president, Umut Guner, who has had his say on the situation, and he has confirmed that there is no deal in place with Manchester United or anyone else regarding the Brazilian. On top of that, he added Talisca will stay with his club for another twelve months – and he will not sign for any other club until next summer at the earliest.
“There is no deal with Manchester United or anyone else in place. We agreed to a two-year deal with Benfica.” Guner told Turkish-Football.com, as per the Manchester Evening News.
“The loan did have a clause that the option [for a second year] had to be activated, which we did. Talisca will stay at Besiktas on loan for another season.”
“Reports claiming that he can be signed for his €25m (£22m) release clause are false, he has a deal with us. If a club wants to sign him now they will have to wait another 12 months.”
Talisca is, quite clearly, a very talented individual. The good thing for him is that he has time on his side and easily has at least a decade of football left in him if he looks after his body.
Scoring 17 goals in 33 appearances for Besiktas last season is quite a good record, and that is probably what has caught Jose Mourinho’s eye – even more so due to the fact that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract won’t be renewed, and Manchester United need to replace his goals.
If it were me in charge, I’d love to see us try and land someone with a big more big-game experience. A player proven in one of Europe’s top five leagues is massively important for me, considering he’d have massive shoes to fill. Bringing in Talisca would be a big gamble because we don’t know how he’d deal with the rigours of Premier League football.
For now, it makes sense to just let him enjoy regular football in Turkey, but that doesn’t change the fact that United need a new striker.