Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘pleads with Manchester United board to pay £18m asking price for Alex Telles’ with club £6m short of Porto’s valuation as time runs out to seal a deal before deadline
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still hopeful of signing Porto left back Alex Telles
- The Manchester United manager has urged the club to pay Porto’s asking price
- The Portuguese side are demanding £18m but United have only offered £12m
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has desperately asked Manchester United’s board to meet Porto’s transfer demands for left back Alex Telles, according to reports.
Porto’s asking price is £18million but United have so far offered £12m with time running out to secure a move before the transfer window shuts on Monday.
The club are reluctant to meet the Portuguese side’s fee because Telles’ contract expires at the end of this season, meaning he would be available on a free transfer – but Solskjaer wants him now.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperately hoping to complete a deal for Porto left back Alex Telles
The Manchester United boss has pleaded with the club’s board to meet the £18m asking price
According to the Mirror, the United boss has pleaded with the club’s board not to miss out on the Brazilian for the sake of £6m.
With 13 goals and 12 assists in all competitions last season, Telles’ attacking prowess makes him an attractive option for United.
The defender also helped his side keep 20 clean sheets in the Primeira Liga.
Solskjaer has been frustrated in his attempts to strengthen his squad for the 2020-2021 campaign with Donny van de Beek the only new arrival at Old Trafford.
United could sign the Brazilian on a free transfer next summer but Solskjaer wants him now
But the Norwegian is finally set to see another player walk through the door with PSG striker Edinson Cavani having agreed a two-year deal with the club.
As Sportsmail revealed first, talks advanced quickly on Saturday and the Uruguay international striker will undergo a medical over the next 24 hours prior to signing a deal until 2022 on wages of around £210,000-a-week after tax. He is expected to be confirmed as a United player on Monday.
There could still be more new signings before the window shuts. Talks will continue for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho but the Bundesliga side are refusing to lower their £108m asking price.
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