Manchester United target Anderson Talisca talks up Old Trafford transfer and says Jose Mourinho 'loves' him

The midfielder has a £20m release clause and admitted it would be a 'dream'

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Manchester United could be going back to Benfica for a second time this summer to sign Anderson Talisca, after the midfielder claimed Jose Mourinho “loves” him.

Victor Lindelof completed his £35m move to Old Trafford from the Portuguese club on Wednesday to become the club’s first summer signing, but it is understood Mourinho also wants a central midfielder, along with a striker and a winger.

Lindelof is the first player United have signed from Benfica, with the likes of Renato Sanchez and Nicolas Gaitan escaping them, but Talisca is seemingly keen to become the second in a matter of days.

“It’s a question that I cannot answer… yet,” the midfielder said when asked about a potential move to Manchester United by Globoesporte. “But it’s a love that exists, I will not lie.

“But it does not depend on me alone, it depends on Benfica and my agents who are dealing with the situation. Soon, there will be the news.

“It’s something that all players want [a move to Manchester United].

“I had a good season and, as I said, his love is old and I like his work as well. I hope everything works out.”

The 23-year-old Brazilian has a £20m buyout clause which United are ready to trigger, but they are currently working on more high-profile signings such as Alvaro Morata, after it became apparent that Andrea Belotti would not be leaving Torino.

Morata is firmly expected to be a Manchester United player with personal terms agreed, but there is still a difference in the valuation of the player between the Old Trafford club and Real Madrid.

It had been thought that United could get the deal done for a price of just over £60,, but the European champions are currently unwilling to countenance going so low and want £78m instead.

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