Manchester United are convinced they will reach an agreement to sign Alex Telles from Porto, but the 27-year-old isn’t their only option as they look for a new left-back this summer. That’s according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who reported on Friday night that talks are still ongoing between the two clubs.
United are edging closer to making their second signing of the transfer window.
The Red Devils have been eager to sign a new left-back and right-winger before the deadline of October 5th.
So far, the only player to come through the doors at Old Trafford has been central midfielder Donny van de Beek, who signed from Ajax for £40.5million.
United are still locked in talks with Borussia Dortmund over their top target for the winger position, Jadon Sancho, and are refusing to pay the £108m in one lump sum.
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So far, they’ve been unable to agree terms with Porto over Telles, who is their top priority for the left-back position.
Porto originally asked for €25m [£20m], before reducing their asking price to €20m [£18.2m].
However, United are confident they’ll be able to get them to lower their price yet again, with Telles involving himself in negotiations to try and force a move.
According to Romano, however, United chiefs are confident they’ll get the deal done before the deadline.
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In a tweet posted on Friday night, he hinted that the Red Devils aren’t giving up on their alternative left-back targets.
He posted: “Talks still on for Alex Telles with Porto. Slow deal but #MUFC working on it.
“Remember: he’s not the only option as LB but Man United are convinced they can find an agreement with Porto soon.”
Speaking on Friday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer downplayed United’s lack of transfer activity, and used the opportunity to heap praise on Van de Beek.
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He said: ‘I think you show quite a bit of disrespect to Donny when you say he was the only one.
“Because he is a top player and he strengthens our team and, of course, we have to concentrate on ourselves.
“Different clubs have to be allowed to do whatever they do and feel they can.
“We are working hard to have a competitive squad and team. If and when there are updates we will give you them.”
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