Safak Malatya, who works for Turkish newspaper Gunes as their Besiktas journalist, has spoken to Turkish TV Channel A Spor about the latest developments surrounding Anderson Talisca.
Malatya explained the reason behind Talisca joining Guangzhou Evergrande is that Benfica will sell the player after his loan spell expires with the Chinese club.
According to Malatya, the Portuguese side have an agreement in place with Watford and if they’d sold him to the Premier League side in this transfer window then money would have been owed to Besiktas.
If these claims are true then Besiktas must have been due a percentage share from a permanent deal.
Talisaca has spent the past two seasons on loan with the Turkish side, but they decided not to redeem him for €21m due to the financial situation at the club.
Malatya said: “I’ve learned that Talisca has an agreement in place to join Watford. If Benfica decided to sell him directly to Watford, then the Portuguese club needed to pay money to Besiktas. They don’t want that. He’ll join Watford after his loan period expires.”
Talisca was linked with a move to Manchester United, Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers in recent weeks, but according to the Turkish press Watford have a deal in place.
The player has only gone to China on a six month loan deal.