Manchester United have made contact with Porto’s Alex Telles and are considering an opening bid for the 27-year-old left-back.
Telles joined Porto in the summer of 2016 and quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most creatively potent left-backs in Europe. During his four complete seasons in Portugal, the full-back has laid on 39 league assists, collecting two league titles in the process.
Manchester United – who have been monitoring the Brazil international – have reentered discussions with Telles’ agents according to Fabrizio Romano. This news comes just days after United had supposedly already agreed personal terms with Telles.
Porto’s number 13 is one of three left-backs Manchester United had targeted this summer. The club lost out on Sergio Reguilon after Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur snapped up the 23-year-old.
Telles played the full 90 minutes of Porto’s opening fixture at home to Braga on Saturday – scoring twice and assisting the other in a 3-1 win – but Romano reports he will ‘push to leave’ the club in the coming days.
United finished a distant 33 points behind champions Liverpool last season and have only made one signing so far – bringing in Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek. However, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted that the club are still ‘working’ on signings. Saturday’s 3-1 home loss to Crystal Palace will have done little to alleviate fans’ concerns.
Romano also claims that Manchester United’s priority in what remains of the current transfer window alongside the left-back position is a right winger, with an addition at centre-back also an option.
Borussia Dortmund”s Jadon Sancho has long been touted as United’s main target for that right wing slot. However, the two clubs are thought to differ widely on the player’s valuation and Dortmund have publicly insisted Sancho is not leaving the German side this summer.