Benfica midfielder Anderson Talisca has issued a ‘come-and-get-me’ plea to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho by admitting it would be a ‘dream’ to work under the Portuguese manager at Old Trafford.
The Brazil Under 23 star has long been linked with a move to Manchester United and may well have kept their interest alive with a promising season on loan at Besiktas.
While Benfica may have hoped to have him back in the squad for the new season, Talisca admits he and Jose Mourinho share a ‘love’ and hopes to have news on a potential move soon.
‘It’s a love that exists, I will not lie,’ Talisca told Globoesporte about Manchester United and Jose Mourinho. ‘It’s a dream, something all players want.
‘But it [a move] does not depend on me alone. It depends on Benfica, my representatives, who are dealing with the situation. But soon, soon, they will have the news there.’
Manchester United’s chances of landing the 23 year old will be further boosted by their recent capture of Benfica defender Vicor Lindelof. The Sweden international completed a £30.7m move earlier this week and could yet be joined by his team-mate.
Talisca is expected to leave Benfica this summer and is rated at €25m by his club, which falls well within Mourinho’s transfer budget.
After sealing a €2m season-long loan deal to Besiktas last summer, he quickly embedded himself as a creative force, scoring 17 goals and assisting six more en route to winning the Super Lig title.
Among those goals was a late and dramatic equaliser against his own club Benfica in the Europa League, a goal which cost the Portuguese outfit top spot in their group and an estimated €1m in prize money.