The Red Devils are not much active in the transfer market this summer considering their rivals. All the other top Premier League clubs have been real busy in this window so far. Whilst, Manchester United has signed just one player so far this summer. However, they’re eager to sign some talents before the deadline. United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not at all happy with their management in terms of signings.
Considering all other rivals, Manchester United is the only club to have signed just one player. The Red Devils will be playing Champions League as well this season. Although, if one thinks that this side can dominate in the Champions League, the answer is straight no. United badly needs reinforcements in their defense and in attacking front as well.
The club does have some big names that have signed Bruno Fernandes from Portugal this January. He has been a real star turner in this team. However, they don’t have a prominent strike force with Frenchmen Anthony Martial, not in great form. Odion Igahlo is another striker in the squad, who is on loan from a Chinese club.
The real ask from the fans in this transfer window is for an elite striker. Ole badly needs a ‘number 9’ this summer to give competition to Martial to make him work harder for his place. The club from Manchester suffered a semi-final exit from the Europa League competition due to their weaknesses in the attack. They couldn’t penetrate much and find the finishing touch in the final third.
At last, some good news for Manchester United came two weeks back with the signing of Dutch midfielder Donny Van de Beek from Ajax Amsterdam. The midfielder has been doing well for his club and the National side in recent times. This is obviously one good signing for the future of the club. However, they require many signings following this move.
According to the Guardian, Manchester United have offered £18.3million to secure the deal for FC Porto’s full-back Alex Telles. The Red Devils have offered Samba boy a five-year contract with a release clause of 40 million euros. Ole’s side is also trying to reduce the transfer fee to 25 million euros since Telles is going to enter his final year of contract with Porto.
Lack of experienced full-backs
The main defect with this United’s defensive setup is that they lack experience. The young talents are much needed for a squad but with an experienced leader in the squad. They tend to make costlier mistakes that could cost the entire game for them. If Manchester United can sign Alex Telles from Porto, it would be the right signing. They badly needed a wing-back, who can produce good crosses from the flank.
Alex Telles will produce good competition for Luke Shaw and Williams. While Luke Shaw started the first game for the Red Devils against Crystal Palace. Fosu-Mensah played as a right-back for Ole in the 4-2-3-1 formation. With high hopes, Manchester United started the game but failed to grab a win. United’s long-time target Wilfried Zaha scored a brace to stun Ole and his side. Townsend scored one goal past David De Gea for his part.
Donny Van de Beek came in the second half to make his professional debut for United. It was not the scenario van de Beek would’ve wanted to debut. However, he did find the back of the net in the 80th minute as a consolation. Dutchmen found the bottom corner from a beautiful cross into the box from Fosu-Mensah. However, Zaha scored again by 85th minute to make it difficult for United to come back.
What can Telles offer for United?
The Porto full-back can offer the much-needed pace and width for Ole’s side on the left side of the pitch. The Brazilian can also play in the attacking positions on the left side if needed. This will for sure bolster the squad in terms of attack and as well as defense. The 27-year-old is in impressive form at the moment and Ole will only want him to transfer that form at Old Trafford.
Alex started Porto’s first game in the Liga NOS this season. Left-back had a dream start to this season for Porto. He contributed an assist and two unexpected goals for the Portuguese club. Fans will be wanting the Brazilian to implement the same form at Old Trafford. He will give a tough competition for Luke Shaw and Williams at the back.
The full-back had a good season last term as well with Porto. However, he couldn’t win any silverware at the European level. He would be keen to win a European trophy with Manchester United. Alex Telles can help United’s Champions League campaign this season. He played two Champions League qualifying games last season contributing an assist to his side.