Tosun only moved to Everton in a £27 million deal from Besiktas in January.
That few other publications ran with the story only increased our suspicion, however, and, lo and behold, we found that A Bola had indeed cited Fotomac - its Turkish colleagues.
Granted, no one at this website is fluent in Turkish or Portuguese, but a quick run-through Google Translate of each story pointed towards a language mix-up somewhere off the west coast of mainland Europe.
In neither newspaper do Everton appear to be mentioned in connection with Talisca - who is already on loan to Besiktas - while the past tense is prominent in both pieces, implying that Benfica's approach was made prior to Tosun's January move to Goodison Park.
Make of it what you will, although we shall be erring on the side of caution on this occasion.
In case you were wondering, here's what Everton fans are saying about the prospect of a Tosun/Talisca swap deal.
Would take Talisca all day long, but not part of a swap deal!.....— Aidy Dews (@AidyDews) 28 March 2018
Haha good Joke— Jake (@PrimePickford) 28 March 2018
Talisca eh? I wouldnt mind if we swapped him for Cenk— Emmmre (@Niassesque) 28 March 2018
No deal should be contemplated unless Everton can acquire a better striker than Cenk to replace him. I only wish we could have swapped Rom with Diego Costa last Summer rather than sell him to Man U.— Roger Williams (@RogerWi33581994) 28 March 2018
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