According to Fotospor, Manchester United have met the release clause of Benfica playmaker Talisca.
Turkish media are reporting that Talisca, the 23-year-old Benfica midfielder who is currently in the middle of a two-year-loan deal with Besiktas, is set to join Manchester United, after the European Giants met the players’ release clause.
The article states that the fee accepted is around £22.6million, with £3.6million of that fee going to Besiktas, as compensation for interrupting their ongoing loan deal with the player.
The Brazilian, who is valued at £11.7million by Transfermarkt was impressive during his first season on –loan in Turkey, The 23-year-old was a revelation netting an impressive 16 times in just 32 appearances from attacking midfield.
Talisca especially stood out in the Europa League where his ball control, finishing and threat from set pieces helped Besiktas reach the knockout stages.
A gamble…but a cheap one. In today’s market, paying £22.6million for a player whose goal scoring record rivals Europe’s best should be considered a steal. And while Talisca is not probably not the marquee addition that Manchester United fans wanted, he is a real talent and at just 23, has his best years ahead of him.
If Mourinho can help Talisca adapt to the tough physicality of the Premier League then he could become a real asset at Old Trafford. Granted, Talisca may not be a regular feature in the first-team but could be a seriously proficient impact substitute whose talents would quickly adhere him to the fans at Manchester United.