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Man United warned not to expect Telles to have same impact as Fernandes

Manchester United have been warned not to expect potential new-signing Alex Telles to have the same impact as January signing Bruno Fernandes has.

Telles, 27, who joined current club FC Porto in 2016 from Galatasaray for £5.85m as per TransferMarkt has been hotly tipped to make a summer switch to Old Trafford.

The attacking full-back emerged as a late transfer target for United after a recent report from A Bola claimed that the Reds were lining up a bid within the region of £18m for the FC Porto defender.

According to leading journalist Fabrizio Romano, United are edging closer to finalising a summer deal for the exciting full-back after he reported that an agreement on the final fee is the last hurdle for the Reds to overcome.

However, as United fans begin to get excited as the prospect of their side securing their second signing of the summer transfer window, football expert Gabriele Marcotti has warned the club not to expect the Brazilian to have the same impact as Fernandes has had.

Fernandes, 26, joined United in the winter window of the 2019-20 season and has since gone onto be directly involved in a monumental 23 goals in just 25 appearances in all competitions for the Reds (TransferMarkt).

Speaking on ESPN FC, as quoted by Express, Marcotti said: “Yeah I’m familiar with Alex Telles.

“Alex Telles is one of those people who is permanently linked to big clubs and big moves over the years.

“He’s an attacking wing-back, who is a talented attacking wing-back.

“I don’t think it’s going to be Alex Telles alone [to solve United’s problems]. I don’t think this is a Bruno Fernandes situation.

“I think United’s issues probably have more to do with centre-back frankly than needing a left-back, though obviously they could use an upgrade in both positions.

“But I think some of what we saw isn’t going to be solved by taking Luke Shaw out and putting another guy in there. I think the issues run far deeper than that.”

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