Manchester United left-back Alex Telles is a target for French club Nice following the arrival of Tyrell Malacia to Old Trafford, a report has claimed.
Telles moved to United in October 2020 from Porto with the aim of providing competition for Luke Shaw. Shaw responded in style, enjoying a fantastic 2020/21 campaign and starring for England at Euro 2020.
Telles, though, struggled again last term to stamp his mark for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
And now that new manager Erik ten Hag has come in, he has ideas of his own. Indeed, the Dutchman has signed his fellow countryman Malacia from Feyenoord.
With Shaw still the senior left-back option, that has left Telles’ future at Man Utd unclear.
Previous reports have linked Porto with a swoop to bring him back to Portugal. With Pau Torres on United’s radar this summer, there were also suggestions Telles could be a makeweight in that deal.
According to the latest from Tuttomercato, though, Ligue 1 side Nice fancy their chances of signing the Brazilian.
Nice are looking to swell their left-back ranks after former Aston Villa man Jordan Amavi’s return to Marseille after his loan spell.
Amavi’s departure has left 21-year-old Melvin Bard as Nice’s senior option. The French side therefore want more experience down the left flank and feel Telles is ripe for the picking.
With Malacia’s move to Man Utd amid his Dutch connection with Ten Hag, Telles likely faces a massive task to get significant game time ahead of Luke Shaw too.
Shaw dropped off last season – as did most of the United squad – but Telles failed to pick up the baton.
The 29-year-old played only nine Premier League games in his debut United season. He improved that tally to 21 last term, but he struggled amid the team-wide drop-off.
Alex Telles needs Man Utd exit
Telles needs to move away from Man Utd not just for his club career, but also for his international aspirations.
He has flirted with a place in the team since his move to Old Trafford, but a move to more regular game time will get him firmly in Tite’s thoughts again.
Indeed, Brazil have not won the World Cup since 2002 and will feel it is their time to shine in Qatar.
Telles can therefore hope to have a fantastic season if he gets his career back on track and makes the Brazil squad.