Manchester United have announced the departure of Alex Telles, with the left-back linking up with Cristiano Ronaldo at Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr.
Ronaldo swapped Man Utd for Al Nassr in the January transfer window and now Telles has followed suit. Man Utd will reportedly receive around £6million for the 30-year-old, who had one year left on his deal at Old Trafford.
Telles’ contract with the Saudi Pro League side will last until June 2025, while Fabrizio Romano states he will earn around £7m per year while playing in the Middle East.
After confirming Telles’ move, Man Utd sent the defender the following message in a club statement: ‘We’d like to thank Alex for his contributions to the club over the last three years and would like to wish him all the best for the future.’
Telles will take part in his first Al Nassr training session today (Sunday) and could feature in the team’s next game on their pre-season tour of Japan. They face French champions Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
Telles’ move to Al Nassr is perfect for all parties involved. It will give the player the chance to earn big money in the final few years of his career.
For Man Utd, £6m represents a decent fee for a player who is not in Erik ten Hag’s plans and who only had less than a year left on his contract. Al Nassr, meanwhile, are getting an experienced Brazil international who should help them challenge Al Ittihad for the Saudi title next season.
Telles, who originally joined Man Utd in October 2020 when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in charge, becomes the first senior player to be sold by the Red Devils this summer. David de Gea, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe have already departed, although they left on free transfers following the end of their contracts.
Telles is not the only player who will be sold by Man Utd this summer as Ten Hag continues to reshape his squad. The likes of Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek and Anthony Elanga could also leave.