Benfica’s Anderson Talisca joins Guangzhou Evergrande on loan

Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande have completed the signing of Anderson Talisca from Portuguese side Benfica on a six-month loan.

Talisca, who spent the last two seasons on loan at Turkish Super Lig club Besiktas, has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League, most notably Manchester United.

The Brazil U23 international registered 20 goals and eight assists across all competitions for Besiktas in the previous campaign as they finished fourth to qualify for next season’s Europa League competition.

A club statement read: “Guangzhou Evergrande has officially announced the signing of an agreement with the Brazilian Anderson Talisca, who has been loaned for six months.”

The 24-year-old joined Benfica from Brazilian side Bahia in 2014 and during his spell made 52 appearances, scoring 12 goals.

Talisca was called up to the Brazilian national team in 2014, however did not play and is yet to represent his country at senior level.