Manchester United will hold further talks with Porto on Tuesday in a bid to reach an agreement over a deal to sign Alex Telles.
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 under 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.
As such, United could turn their attentions towards a Senegal winger who they could sign on loan.
One deal that looks slightly less complicated is for Brazilian wing-back Alex Telles. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on the chase, with United locked in a battle to sign him with PSG.
The Red Devils though do have two factors in their favour. Firstly, Porto are desperate to sell Telles, with his contract due to expire in June 2021. Also in United’s favour is the transfer fee. The €20m asking price is unlikely to be an issue for Red Devils chiefs.
Talks on Tuesday will determine how the money is paid and what sort of fee Porto want up front. There are also reports they could take Marcos Rojo as part of the deal.
Thirdly, Romano backs up other claims that state Telles is more than willing to make the move to Old Trafford. The reporter claimed on Saturday evening that Telles had informed Porto he wanted to move on.
While United do have Luke Shaw and youngster Brandon Williams as options, the Brazilian is likely to be first choice. Solskjaer’s wish to strengthen his left-back options has been made clear.
Finally, personal terms are also not thought to be a problem. Unconfirmed reports suggest the star would likely earn around £120,000 a week by moving to Old Trafford.
Manchester United and Porto are in talks also today for Alex Telles. The player wants to leave and #MUFC are negotiating also with his agents – personal terms are not an issue. Price tag: €20m. Key week to decide Telles future. PSG also looking for a left back. 🔴 #transfers
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 21, 2020
Simply, the only thing standing in United’s way is PSG and whether they will gazump United and offer him and Porto a better deal.
As per Romano, the player and his entourage face a crucial week to decide on the wing-back’s future.
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.”