Manchester United had been monitoring Alex Telles for six years and stepped up their curiosity in 2018 earlier than securing a everlasting switch.
United agreed a take care of Porto value an preliminary £13.6m plus add-ons for the Brazilian left-back, who appears set to supply stiff competitors to Luke Shaw at left-back. After present process a medical at Carrington on Sunday night, Telles was formally introduced as a United participant on deadline day, Monday.
MEN Sport understands Telles first cropped up on United’s radar in 2014 when enjoying at Galatasaray and was extensively watched over the previous two years by quite a few members of the membership’s scouting group, together with their Portuguese scout and chief scout. United have lengthy regarded him as the very best left-back in Portugal by a distance and imagine he’s the perfect profile to return into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first group squad.
United shelved plans to recruit a left-back halfway by way of final season following Brandon Williams’ emergence, following the departure of Ashley Younger to Inter Milan.
Nonetheless, Telles is seen as a extra pure different to Shaw and, with the membership permitting Diogo Dalot to hitch AC Milan on mortgage, was a pure addition. United rebuffed a mortgage enquiry from Southampton for Williams on deadline day and are anticipated to maintain the 20-year-old as full-back cowl on either side.
Telles stated: “To hitch a membership with the status of Manchester United is a big honour. It’s a must to work onerous to get to this second in your profession and now I’m coming to this membership, I can promise that I’ll give all the things in my coronary heart to be a hit right here.
I received many trophies at FC Porto and I wish to proceed that at United. The supervisor has a transparent plan and course for this group and I can’t wait to tug on the well-known shirt.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated: “In the beginning, I welcome Alex to United. He’s a participant we have now been monitoring for a while and his performances over the previous few years are precisely what we’re in search of. He’s a fighter and a winner and can add actual willpower and competitors to the squad.
“Alex has the qualities, each as a participant and as an individual, that we wish right here at Manchester United.”