Manchester United will hope to complete the signing of Alex Telles this week after a promising update from a transfer expert.
After a promising first full campaign as Old Trafford manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have hoped for a pain-free summer on the transfer front.
However, with just over two weeks left, United so far just have Donny van de Beek to show for their efforts.
The lack of new arrivals has prompted Luke Shaw to send a strong message to Ed Woodward.
While Jadon Sancho remains the club’s No 1 target, a report on Sunday claimed those hopes were more faint than ever. That’s amid claims Borussia Dortmund are ready to raise the winger’s asking price.
The capture of a new left-back also remains a priority. Solskjaer feels it is an area of his side that can be improved on; kind of ironic really that Shaw sent that message!
One man who could have solved the issue was Sergio Reguilon. However, the Spain star slipped through their grasp and joined Tottenham instead.
Their hopes of landing Telles from Porto do look promising, however. That’s despite reports that PSG have also emerged as strong suitors for the Brazilian.
When asked by a fan on United’s progress on the transfer front, well-connected journalist Fabrizio Romano replied: “It will come. A LB and winger will arrive…step by step.”
Those hopes were given a further lift when the transfer expert delivered another promising update.
Addressing the situation on Saturday evening, he tweeted: “Tonight #MUFC have been in contact again with Alex Telles agents. He will push to leave Porto on next few days. Man Utd are monitoring and considering an opening bid.”
To that end, The Sun claims Telles has agreed a five-year deal at United and only a fee needs to be agreed.
That could see the wing-back arrive at Old Trafford before their next Premier League game at Brighton on Saturday lunchtime.
Telles quiet on United links
Telles served notice of what he could bring to United with a double in Porto’s 3-1 win over Braga this weekend.
The former Inter Milan loanee, however, is adamant that a move to United isn’t in his thinking right now.
“I’m a guy who focuses a lot on work,” he told Sport TV. “People believe what they want, say what they want in the newspapers, but the most important thing is to be focused on my work.
“You know that and so do my teammates, whatever happens, I’m focused on the club, I’m here, I’m playing.”
Solskjaer, however, refuses to speculate on potential new arrivals and when they might arrive.
“Of course I want players in the building that we want to work with and who want to be a part of it, and who want to be here,” Solskjaer said.
“You need the quality on the pitch. You also need the personal qualities but you also really want to be here. They need to show you that they want to be here.”