According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Sevilla are closing in on Manchester United left-back Alex Telles ahead of the other suitors. The former Porto star failed to impress enough over the past two campaigns and the Red Devils, therefore, have sanctioned a season-long loan with United covering a part of his salary.
Sevilla are closing on Alex Telles deal with Manchester United. The player has accepted the destination and the agreement is set to be completed. ??? #MUFC
It’s matter of final details discussed between clubs. Work in progress. pic.twitter.com/zqG0phebj3
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 2, 2022
The 29-year-old Selecao international was roped in from Porto for a fee of around £15.4m. He was brought in to challenge and cover Luke Shaw down the left, but his minutes have been limited across competitions since plying his trade in England since the summer of 2020. So far, he has featured 50 times altogether and the arrival of Tyrell Malacia has now sent the Brazilian further down the pecking order.
Why Telles Is Surplus To Requirement For Manchester United
Erik ten Hag has brought in players whom he has either managed or monitored closely during his Eredivise days. The Netherlands international, who made 50 appearances last season in Feyenoord colours, impressed the former Ajax chief with his balance between defence and attack. He became the first signing of the Dutchman as the Manchester United boss and is likely to be involved frequently amid form and fitness concerns of Shaw in the recent past.
Telles progressed through the academy ranks of Juventude back in his homeland before making his senior debut in 2011. He was then roped in by then-Serie A side Gremio and a fascinating spell for the Brazilians outfit earned him his first Europan move to Galatasaray. Although Inter Milan did not trigger the option to buy clause after a season-long loan, Porto stepped in and secured his services six years ago.
His stint with Dragões brought him the limelight, particularly the 13-goal season that triggered the United board to make a transfer swoop. However, it did not work out for him at the Theatre of Dreams and a fresh start elsewhere should help him recover lost ground with regular gametime.
Telles does not hold a future under Ten Hag, but he might replace Marcos Acuña at Sevilla who has been below par lately. The exit makes absolute sense for all parties involved and a commanding run in La Liga should see United selling him for a decent amount in the forthcoming future.