Manchester United have agreed in principle to pay Alex Teles a fee of, 15.4 million after he left Porto to fly to Manchester on Sunday night after a medical with the club on Monday.
United feel the prospects of agreeing a deal for the 2-year-old have faded after the Portuguese champions turned down an offer of £ 1.8 million for 22.5 million.
A source close to the deal described the talks as “dead” and United hoped they would have to wait until January to negotiate a free transfer with their players, whose current deal would expire next summer.
However, talks resumed on Sunday morning, with Porto United changing their views on the latest bid – confirming that Old Trafford’s next offer was unlikely after the Premier League club’s transfer window closed at 11pm on Monday.
Ole Gunnar is keen to bring in new left-backs ahead of the deadline to add competition for Salzcazar Luke Shaw – who has struggled with injury since arriving at Old Trafford in 2014 – and Brandon Williams, who made the first team last season.
Tales arrived in Porto from Galatasaray in 2016 and have won two Portuguese league titles and the Portuguese Cup in nearly 200 appearances for the club.
It has been a frustrating summer for United, whose window was signed during Ajax’s Donnie van de Beck.
The search for their main target during this window, Jadan Sancho, came close to failure after Michael Jork, the sports director of Borussia Dortmund, said “close the door” on Saturday.
United Dortmund failed to sign the 20-year-old before the August 10 deadline and the German club turned down the made 91.3m offer they made this week.
However, the player who is expected to join United is Edinson Cavani, who is close to signing a two-year deal.
An Uruguay international free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season, he is understood to be in advanced talks and his medical could start on Sunday before the move.
Manchester UTD are hopeful of securing the 33-year-old ahead of Monday’s deadline so he can be included in their squad for the Champions League.
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