Of all the players rumored to be heading to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, Alex Telles seems like the one most likely to make the move.
PSG’s interest in the Brazilian left-back was reported last month and there continued to be rumblings that the club was continuing to monitor the situation.
Earlier this week, Le Parisien reported that Leonardo, PSG’s sporting director, was close to locking up the player for around €20 million, which is significantly less than his €40 million release clause.
On Thursday, more concrete information from O Jogo (via ParisFans) came out that indicated that the Ligue 1 champions are now officially negotiating with Porto after presumably agreeing to terms with the player.
“Paris Saint-Germain has officially launched negotiations for the recruitment of Alex Telles. The Paris club had already discussed with FC Porto the conditions of the operation and also with the player’s representative, Pini Zahavi. It is a question of resuming the talks, which had to be stopped because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the wage cuts at PSG.”
“Alex Telles is about to enter the last year of his contract with FC Porto and PSG hopes to use this point to negotiate a price lower than the release clause, set at €40 million.”
If PSG can pull off this signing, you could argue that he would immediately come into the squad and replace Juan Bernat as the starting left-back. That’s not a knock on Bernat, that’s a compliment to Telles who is a top-class defender who was coveted by Chelsea FC and Juventus FC.
Signing a left-back was a priority for Leonardo and it appears as though he can cross that one off his list very soon.
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