Manchester United is looking to add firepower and Jadon Sancho would have been perfect. But as most know, their pursuit for the 20-year-old is a bit complicated and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is addressing other needs. Alex Telles may be one of them, someone United could be taking in soon.

According to the Guardian, the Red Devils have made a formal offer for the 27-year-old left-back. Telles is a player they can take in with fewer complications since he can be signed without a fee due to a pre-contract back in January. His contract with FC Porto expires this summer.

United pitched a $15 million offer, still below the asking $23 million that Porto wants for Telles. Considering the financial proceeds that the club could get, the $8 million difference may not matter much. With the transfer deadline set for Oct. 5, United is confident that they can get the deal done since it is close to the club’s asking fee.

If the Telles deal is sealed, Solskjaer can heave a big sigh of relief for the position. However, it would also provide Luke Shaw some friendly challenge with the Red Devils hoping that some internal healthy competition can improve the craft of its players.

The coming days should provide a better picture of the Telles chase. However, Sancho is another target that the Red Devils still have in mind. Though Borussia Dortmund claims it is a closed subject, the same cannot be said for United.

Citing sources, Dagbladet reveals that Solskjaer had talks with Sancho. The Red Devils manager had reportedly told the English player that a blockbuster transfer is coming. The only question now is whether this will happen on or before Oct. 5.

This development provides a different take on the Sancho case. Before this, it appeared the 20-year-old was focused on playing the season with Der BVB. Dortmund gave United until Aug. 10 to make an offer for Sancho but nothing was made. The club wanted $140 million for Sancho, a price that United may not have at the moment.

Sancho pinned the blame on media, accusing them of making up stories. However, he admits that it was a nice feeling knowing that he was worth that much. But for him, it’s all about playing good football and helping his team.

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