Brazilian star praised by Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho on verge of move to Turkey despite Liverpool interest

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Benfica midfielder Anderson Talisca is on the verge of joining Besiktas on loan after agreeing terms with the Super Lig outfit.

Talisca has boarded a flight from Lisbon set for Istanbul ahead of his loan move to Besiktas a source close to the player told Turkish-football.com.

Per the source, Brazil international will undergo his medical before joining on a loan deal. The details of the temporary move are unknown however, it is expected to have a buyout clause included.

Talisca had been closely linked with a move to the Premier League but a deal materialised – in part due to not having a work permit.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has praised Talisca in the past and did state that the only reason the 22-year-old is not well known is because he does not have a work permit.

Speaking to Portuguese broadcaster TVI24, back in 2014 during his time as Chelsea boss: “I think Benfica hired well. They say Talisca is unknown, but he is only so unknown because he’s only not playing in England because he doesn’t have a work permit. If he had one, he would be here!

“There were many English teams, great teams and important, that wanted him. Moreover, there were those who wanted to sign him, even though he could not play for now.

“They wanted to sign him, put him in a minor league [on loan] and hope that eventually he came to be selected [for Brazil’s national team], and would consequently then get the work permit.”

Liverpool were closely linked with the Brazilian midfielder and ready to pay £20 million for his services according to the Daily Star. The Sun meanwhile reported that Championship outfit Wolves were nearing a £20 million deal.

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