Man Utd to alter transfer plans due to Jadon Sancho despite positive Alex Telles update
Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Alex Telles at a discounted price, but have told Porto that they aren’t willing to meet their demands and could now go in a different direction as they look for a new left-back. According to transfer expert Duncan Castles, United are set to ditch their bid for Telles but might now go for a younger and cheaper option.
United are believed to be confident of signing another left-back and winger before the window closes on October 5th.
They’ve been expected to strengthen at the back throughout the summer, but are yet to make a move for any of their defensive targets.
The Red Devils were reportedly interested in a deal to sign Porto left-back Telles, with the 27-year-old Brazilian available this summer.
They were offered the chance to sign Real Madrid ace Sergio Reguilon, but rejected the offer after Los Blancos insisted on a buy-back clause.
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Now, Castles reports that Porto have lowered their asking price for Telles from €25million [£22.9m] down to just €20m [£18m].
However, United are reportedly unwilling to meet those demands due to their desire to wrap up a deal for Jadon Sancho.
The Borussia Dortmund ace is United’s top target this summer, having already agreed personal terms on a five-year contract.
Dortmund want £108m for the English winger, and United will have to come close to meeting that demand if they’re to sign him before the deadline passes.
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And because of that, United are set to change their focus and try to sign a cheaper left-back, Castles told the Transfer Window Podcast.
He said: “We told you some time ago that Manchester United are in the market for a left-back, and they’ve had left-backs offered to them.
“A couple of weeks ago we said one of the left-backs offered to them was Alex Telles, who Porto need and want to sell, and who wants to move elsewhere.
“At the time, Porto were asking for €25million for the player, I’m told that’s now come down to €20million, but I’m told Manchester United have indicated that they’re not ready to pay that.
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“They were also offered Reguilon, they rejected that deal. I don’t think it’s surprising they’d reject a deal which Madrid wanted to have the buyback clause in.
“When we first talked about them adding a left-back we said they wanted a younger player who would develop at Manchester United and be play first-team football if necessary, but not come straight in and be a direct replacement for Luke Shaw, who they have a lot of faith in.
“They want to pair the two in the position, move Brandon Williams over to right-back to be a backup for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and sell Diogo Dalot.
“I think that’s where you’d expect the primary focus to be. Jadon Sancho is still the primary focus and they believe they’ve got a deal in place, they remain confident they’ll get that through with Borussia Dortmund.
“That’s going to be an expensive deal, therefore if you’re improving at left-back and the left side of central defence, they’ll look to cheaper deals rather than experienced and expensive players like Alex Telles.”
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