Manchester United will face competition from Sevilla and Juventus for Porto defender Alex Telles, but might have the advantage because the defender is pushing hard to leave the Portuguese side. According to transfer expert Duncan Castles, Telles has told Porto he wants to leave this summer and will run down his contract and leave for free if he doesn’t get his move.
United are still working hard to complete two transfers before the window shuts on October 5th.
The Red Devils want to sign a new left-back and right winger this summer to improve their chances of challenging for the title next season, with Telles their first choice for the defensive position.
So far, United have failed to meet Porto’s demands for the 27-year-old, and are banking on their ability to pressure the Portuguese side into a discount.
Porto initially asked for €25million [£22m], before lowering their demands to just €20m [£18.2m].
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However, with Telles’ contract up in a year’s time, United are in no rush to pay that sort of money for a player they can get for free in 12 months.
And Telles appears to be willing to get involved in the negotiations, as Castles reports the left-back has told Porto he will walk away for free and not extend his deal if they don’t accept a renewed bid from United.
Speaking to the Transfer Window Podcast, the insider revealed that Juventus and Sevilla are also interested, but United are still in the driving seat.
“It’s a complex situation for Porto, I think,” Castles said.
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“Telles has just one year of contract left at FC Porto, they need the money from this sale. They know if they don’t get him out in this window they’re effectively losing him for free in the summer.
“He’s aware of that, the people representing him are aware of that, and they’re now using that to place pressure on Porto.
“He’s told them this week that he’s prepared to stay, and he’s happy to run his contract down if they don’t let him move to one of several clubs who are interested in him.
“This is the difficult part for Manchester United. While they’ll certainly not have to pay the €40million release clause because Porto haven’t asked for that at any point, they’ve priced him at €25million, the price went down to €20million.
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“Porto say the offer they’ve had is below the €20million figure, and that [United are] not prepared to pay that.
“It looks like a deal will be done, considering the way he’s pushing Porto and they need money.
“But I don’t think it’s as easy for Manchester United to do because they can’t just say ‘well we’re only going to give you this amount of money otherwise you lose him for nothing’ because there’s the risk that Sevilla – which would be an easier place for him to move to because Spanish football is closer to Portuguese football, the language being easier for that switch.
“Juventus also have a higher status in the game at present, and have a much higher chance of winning silverware if he moves there rather than Manchester United.”
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