Porto president Pinto da Costa says one of his players recently saw a move to France collapse, amid reported Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain interest in left-back Alex Telles.
Speaking to the Portuguese club’s media outlet (via Le10 Sport), Da Costa said the transfer was all but completed before the impact of the global pandemic struck.
“These transactions are currently suspended and they will have to be revised downwards,” the club’s president said of speculation about his players.
“For example, one of our players was about to join the French championship. But the championships were cancelled and the clubs were left without the capacity to finalize the transfers.”
The comments come amid speculation over the future of Chelsea and PSG-linked Telles.
One report claimed that the French champions have sealed a deal for the 27-year-old, who has been directly involved in 19 goals this season.
Thomas Tuchel’s men were declared champions after Ligue 1 was curtailed and professional sport was banned in France until September.
The Blues are also reportedly interested in a move, with boss Frank Lampard keen to find a new left-back.
He has given chances to both Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri but it is believed that Lampard wants to sell one of the pair to fund a move for a replacement.
CHILWELL A TOP TARGET?
Reports elsewhere say Lampard wants Leicester’s Ben Chilwell as his top target, however.
The England international is an important part of Brendan Rodgers’ side and a report has said that Chelsea hope to sign him for lower than his £85million asking price.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich wants another marquee signing alongside Chilwell.
Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele are among those on the club’s radar.