Manchester United face fresh competition from Chinese clubs in pursuit of Anderson Talisca, who is set to leave Benfica this summer.

Premier League giants Manchester United have been long linked with a move for Anderson Talisca. The Benfica attacker has also attracted the interest of several top clubs around Europe as he readies himself for a big money move this summer.

Turkish journalist Firat Gunayar previously claimed that the Brazilian sensation, who was on loan to Besiktas for the last couple of years, could be heading to Old Trafford in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, according to latest reports from Portuguese daily sports newspaper, O Jogo, the Red Devils could face fresh competition from two Chinese clubs, who insist on anonymity as of now.

Both the Chinese Super League outfits are said to have matched Manchester United’s €40m bid for Anderson Talisca. The representatives of the player have reportedly been in Lisbon for the past few days, waiting for Besiktas’ final confirmation regarding Talisca’s future with the club. The Turkish giants have the option to sign the Benfica attacker on a permanent basis, for a fee of just €21m.

Anderson Talisca is a wanted man (Photo courtesy - Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Anderson Talisca is a wanted man (Photo courtesy – Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

While it seems likely that the Black Eagles could take up the option to permanently secure the services of Anderson Talisca just to sell him for a higher profit this summer, Manchester United might have to raise their bid if they are to sign the Brazilian sensation.

Meanwhile, Talisca himself will definitely face a dilemma when it comes to choosing his next destination this summer. Even though it’s clear that the accolade of joining a club as big as Manchester United is far greater when compared to their Chinese counterparts, it’s also fair to point out that moving to China could potentially hand a far greater payday.

However, that being said, the Brazilian should definitely consider moving to the Premier League, not because of the acclaim he’ll receive, but also because of the fact that he’s only 24 years of age and has so many years ahead of him.

During his time with Besiktas, the Benfica has attacker has shown immense potential, scoring 37 goals in 80 matches for the Black Eagles. His impressive service upfront has also helped the club secure the Turkish Superlig in his debut season. In addition, Talisca was also voted as the Player of the Year last season, thanks to amazing performances.

Therefore, it’s rather evident that the 24-year-old has been excellent in one of the most promising leagues in European football and it looks like there is no doubt he is ready to make the next step in his career.

Still to win a cap for the Brazilian national team, a move to Manchester United could definitely boost his popularity whilst potentially handing him an opportunity of making a name for himself in arguably the best league in the world.

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