Report suggests work permit issue is why Wolves failed to sign Anderson Talisca

Benfica forward Anderson Talisca

The Brazilian now looks set for a two-year loan at Besiktas instead.

Anderson Talisca in action for BenficaAnderson Talisca in action for Benfica

It looks as though Wolverhampton Wanderers will miss out on their marquee target this summer.

FourFourTwo Turkey confirmed reports suggesting that Turkish side Besiktas had won the battle to sign the Brazilian talent Anderson Talisca.

Benfica forward Anderson TaliscaBenfica forward Anderson Talisca

They claim he arrived in Istanbul last night to sign on the dotted line and complete a medical – with an official announcement expected shortly. The deal will be a two-year long loan deal.

No doubt Wolves fans are gutted, but why did the seemingly done deal to bring Talisca to Molineux fall apart.

Anderson Talisca in action for BenficaAnderson Talisca in action for Benfica

A Bola reported earlier this summer that the deal was nearly done, claiming Talisca would be signing in a Championship record £20 million deal – pending a work permit.

It was then suggested by Noticias de Minuto in Portugal that the work permit would not be an issue.

Jeff Shi of Fosun International and Wolverhampton Wanderers ownerJeff Shi of Fosun International and Wolverhampton Wanderers owner

This, according to Turkish source Sporx, is not the case. They claim that Wolves and ‘super’ agent Jorge Mendes, who was involved in the takeover at Molineux, failed to successfully win the player a permit to play in the United Kingdom. This is despite their appeals suggesting he is a ‘special talent’. With a work permit looking unlikely, Mendes moved on, and negotiated a deal for Talisca to head to Turkey instead.

Considering the 23-year-old has never represented the full Brazilian national-team this should not have come as a surprise.

But it will still be a bitter pill to swallow for Wolves fans, who will now hope for another big name signature.

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