Benfica forward talks United move, says Jose ‘loves’ him

Matt Stead

Anderson Talisca has welcomed a potential move to Manchester United, claiming that Jose Mourinho “has a love” for him.

Talisca was first linked with a move to United a couple of years ago when Louis van Gaal was manager at Old Trafford.

Reports at the end of this past season claimed that Jose Mourinho had renewed the club’s interest in the Brazilian forward however.

Talisca spent last campaign on loan at Turkish side Besiktas, scoring 17 goals and assisting a further six in 33 appearances.

It remains to be seen whether parent club Benfica feel he has a long-term future in Portugual, but the 23-year-old says that he is in discussions with United.

“I can’t talk about Manchester United. It’s not just up to me,” he told Globosport

“It’s up to Benfica, my representatives, who are dealing with the situation. Soon, they’ll have news.

“I’ve had a good season, and Mourinho has a love (for me) that exists, I will not lie.

“It’s a dream, something that all players want. As I said, his love is old and I like his work.

“He’s a great coach and I hope everything works out.”