Talisca has spent the last two seasons on loan at Besiktas in Turkey, scoring 20 goals with eight assists. Under the Portuguese, United have signed a mix of world-class footballers at the peak of their powers and players with the potential to be world-class in the next few years, should their development continue.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for Benfica midfielder Anderson Talisca.
While all of that remains to be seen, for the first time in a few years Manchester United have kicked the ball rolling in this transfer window quite early, by adding two names to their squad before June in a surprisingly positive start.
Widespread reports had even suggested that Manchester United had an agreement in place with Benfica as well as the Brazilian global himself to complete a summer move.
But, Manchester United have now had to concede defeat in pursuit of the 24-year-old, who has chosen to join Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande on a six-month loan deal instead, where Fabio Cannavaro will be hoping he can inspire the team to its eighth successive league title.
"There were many big and important teams who wanted Talisca, and many tried to sign him even though they knew he could not play in England".