Manchester United have less than 24 hours to agree a fee with Porto if they hope to sign Alex Telles in time for him to play for the club this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been largely frustrated in his attempts to strengthen his squad this summer with Donny van de Beek the only high-profile arrival.
Hopes of signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund have faded, while Barcelona insist no discussions have taken place over a possible loan deal for Ousmane Dembele, who has reportedly been identified as a possible alternative to the England international.
Solskjaer had hoped to sign a new centre-half but is now set to rely on Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and injury-prone Eric Bailly for a second season in succession.
A new left-back was also regarded as a priority but United were priced out of the race for Ben Chilwell who joined Chelsea last month. Luke Shaw’s form has improved markedly under Solskjaer, but doubts over his fitness persist.
United have made several bids for Porto’s Brazil international Telles, but they have fallen substantially short of the Portuguese club’s asking price.
According The Telegraph, a deal now looks unlikely with the player set to jet off for international duty on Saturday with Porto still holding out for an offer of around £18million.
The 27-year-old has, however, entered the final year of his current deal and United will reportedly look to agree a pre-contract agreement with the player that would see him move to Old Trafford in time for the start of the 2021/22 campaign.
Despite a summer of transfer related setbacks, Solskjaer insists he is well equipped enough to meet the objectives he has been set by his club and continue the progress that was made at the end of the last campaign.
‘I’m not looking at other clubs in that way – of course I look at them in terms of keeping up with what’s going on – but other clubs have a way of running, we have our way of running our club,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘And of course, I’m very happy working with the players I’ve got. But also, the part of the job is to improve the squad all the time, and so far I’ve been backed. We are working hard to be competitive again, amongst the best.’
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