Benfica star Anderson Talisca has ramped up talk of a move to Manchester United by declaring rather audaciously: Jose Mourinho wants me.
The Brazilian forward confirmed interest from the Old Trafford club and said he “dreams” of playing under the Portuguese.
Talisca has impressed while on a loan spell with Besiktas this season.
So much so that the Turkish side, who claim to have activated a clause that allows them to loan him for another season, have had to issue a hands-off warning to United.
And Umut Guner, president of Besiktas’ transfer committee, said there was “no deal” in place with Mourinho’s side.
However, Talisca has now confirmed United are keen to bring him in.
The 23-year-old said: “I cannot deny there is interest but what happens next depends on Benfica and my representatives.
“There will be news on this soon.
“Look, every player dreams of playing under him [Mourinho].
“Mourinho wants me, he has waited a long time for me and I am an admirer of his work.
“I had a good season so we will see what happens.”
But Talisca, who is said to base his game on fellow countrymen Neymar and Rivaldo, insisted a formal offer from United was yet to be tabled.
That would suggest earlier reports he had agreed personal terms with the club were premature.
Anderson Talisca factfile
- Anderson Talisca is born February 1, 1994, in Feira de Santana, Brazil.
- In 2007 he started his youth career at Vasco da Gama before joining Bahia in 2009.
- In 2013 he graduated to the senior team before moving to Benfica the following year.
- Makes debut for Brazil under-20s in 2013 and a year later is bumped up to the Under-23s.
- Has been nicknamed ‘Yaya Talisca’ because of his similarities to Yaya Toure.
- Bases his game on compatriots Neymar and Rivaldo.
He added: “I do not want to get into this debate about an offer being made or not.
“Let’s just say if I were to receive that kind of offer you would all know about it.”
I would also like a move to United, so Jose, if you’re there, I’m available.
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