Besiktas chief Umat Guner confirms Manchester United will not sign Anderson Talisca

by Leo Nieboer

Besiktas chief Umat Guner has confirmed that Manchester United will not sign striker Anderson Talisca after it was confirmed the Turkish side would activate a clause on his contract that enables him to remain on loan for another season.

The Brazilian, who claimed 17 goals on loan at Besiktas last season after struggling at Benfica, admitted his desire to work with Jose Mourinho earlier this month.

Later reports confirmed that the 23-year-old had agreed personal terms with Man United ahead of a £22m move, although his agent later denied such an agreement ever occurring.

And Guner, speaking on the subject of Talisca, confirmed that the Brazilian would be going nowhere over the summer.

“There is no deal with Manchester United or anyone else in place,” he insisted.

“We agreed to a two-year deal with Benfica. The loan did have a clause that he had to activate the option which we did.

“Talisca will stay at Besiktas on loan for another season.”

The prospect of Talisca excited me because, perhaps somewhat paradoxically, not many people outside Turkey rate him at all, with his work rate and passing deemed not good enough to the Primeria Liga.

Mourinho could have, in turn, overseen a transformative process – a coming of age story that sees the youngster discover his zeal at Old Trafford, emerging as an unlikely hero.

But such utopias are of no concern to the Portuguese: he needs players used to winning at the highest level and capable of hitting the ground running. And Talisca simply doesn’t fit the bill.

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