Manchester United have reportedly come across a big issue in their pursuit of Porto defender Alex Telles as they have discovered Jorge Mendes’ involvement has hiked up the price.
United set out their stall at the start of the summer by insisting they will not overspend on any players.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has stood firm with Borussia Dortmund and refused to meet their £108million valuation of Jadon Sancho.
Now the Red Devils have another roadblock to overcome as Porto want £25m for Telles – despite only valuing him at £18m.
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They are demanding such a fee because they will have to give 25 per cent of the total away.
According to Correio da Manha, Telles’ agent Pini Zahavi will split a 15 per cent share with Mendes, who is helping to facilitate the transfer.
Super-agent Mendes also took a chunk of United’s £47m which they spend on Bruno Fernandes in January.
Telles’ former club Galatasaray are also due 10 per cent of any sell-on fee.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate for a new left-back to compete with Luke Shaw and Brandom Williams for a starting spot.
And Shaw has recently admitted he will relish the challenge of fighting for his place.
“We are a very good group, but personally I think we need more players to strengthen the squad,” Shaw told Norway’s TV2.
“It can give us a boost. When you look around at how other teams are strengthening their teams, then we must also do it to keep up with the others.”
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United lost their opening Premier League match of the season against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Solskjaer then admitted that his squad was short in several areas.
“You can see we are short and [Palace] deserved the points,” the Norwegian explained.
“They were sharper than us in challenges, tackles. We had a long season last season and we didn’t finish until August 16 and we have not had enough preparation time to be sharper.
“Then again, we’re always, always looking to improve if there’s something out there that’s available to the right price. We always want to strengthen but I think we can all look ourselves in the mirror today instead.”
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