In Focus: Man United line up £17m bid for midfielder; he would bring goal threat

According to reports from Turkish news outlet ofsayt, via the Daily Star, Manchester United are ready to launch a £17m bid for Benfica attacking midfielder Anderson Talisca.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 23-year-old has enjoyed an impressive season on loan at Turkish giants Besiktas and it is believed that he won’t return to his parent club this summer.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is said to have been impressed with the Brazilian’s performances this term and he could be ready to launch an offer for the client of Jorge Mendes, who of course also represents the Portuguese manager.

How well has he done this season?

He has made a huge impact for the Istanbul-based outfit.

The 23-year-old has scored 14 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions – providing a further six assists – and Besiktas are in pole position to win the Super Lig title.

Where would he fit in at United?

As we mentioned previously, Talisca has made a huge impact from a central attacking midfield position but it is unclear if he would be utilised there by Mourinho if he made the move to Old Trafford.

He would be able to play either in that position or on the left side of a front three if needed, but he has certainly shown that he could bring a real goalscoring threat to a United side that has struggled to find the net on occasions.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, after such an impressive season and with his agent being the same as Mourinho’s there could be something in this rumour.

If he is available for £17m, then it would certainly be a risk worth taking for the Portuguese boss as he looks to bring more goals to his side.