Man Utd convinced £25m defensive signing will happen before deadline

Moussa Marega, Alex Telles Porto

Manchester United are reportedly still convinced that they will sign Porto defender Alex Telles this summer.

The Red Devils have been the firm favourites to win the race for the attack-minded left-back, who has less than a year remaining on his contract.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to find competition for England international Luke Shaw down the left flank.

Sergio Reguilon was a top consideration but the 23-year-old is now at Tottenham.

Telles’ contractual situation has meant that Porto are open to recouping a fee for their star player, while the opportunity remains.

The 27-year-old will reportedly earn €4million (£3.6million) per year on a five-year contract.

However, complications remain over the transfer fee United will pay for Telles, with Porto needing to adhere to several previously-agreed clauses.

Porto must pay 10% of the transfer fee to Galatasaray, who included the sell-on clause when offloading Telles.


What’s more, super-agents Pini Zahavi and Jorge Mendes are playing key roles in the transfer. Indeed, both representatives want to split 15% of the final price.

Porto forced to raise their price

As such, Porto have had to raise their initial €20million (£18million) valuation to €27million (£24.7million).

Despite that, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano claims that United officials are confident of eventually making the breakthrough in negotiations.

Telles would likely move ahead of Shaw and Brandon Williams should he make the switch to Old Trafford.

The talented full-back has already started the new season in fine form. He has notched two goals and an assist in Porto’s opening two matches.


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