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Alex Telles reportedly hopes Manchester United move will be completed this week

Sam Preston September 22, 2020
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Porto defender Alex Telles hopes to seal his switch to Manchester United in the coming days, according to the Guardian.

They report that no fee has been agreed between the two clubs yet, but talks are at an advanced stage, and a weekly wage of £75,000 at Old Trafford has been agreed.

Telles apparently has a release clause of 40 million euros (£36.7 million), but United want to push down the price further.

That’s because the Brazil international is in the final year of his contract with the Portuguese club.


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The Manchester Evening News report that United are pursuing targets with renewed vigour after the humbling 3-1 home defeat against Crystal Palace on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

But United are crawling towards a potential deal for a player who wants to come, has an affordable release clause and is in the last year of his contract.

Compare that to the rapid way in which moves for Thiago and Diogo Jota came together at Liverpool last week.

It’s clear once again that United just do not have the right people doing their transfer deals for them.

Patrice Evra mentioned that in a long, passionate Instagram post yesterday.

He said that Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to join United in 2006 but now United send lawyers and businesspeople, which does not get players excited.

Either way, United fans will hope Telles signs on the dotted line this week, but nothing seems to move quickly at Old Trafford these days, including the back four.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.