Man Utd could sacrifice Brazilian star to land highly rated Sporting Lisbon youngster

Manchester United signed Alex Telles last summer, but the Brazilian has endured a frustrating first season in English football, starting just six Premier League matches.

The main reason for limited game time is Luke Shaw’s emergence as the best left back in the Premier League.

“I’ve always said that, when you’ve got players of the highest quality in the team, then the thing that ends up benefiting is Manchester United; the team,” Telles told the club’s website.

“Since I’ve arrived here, I’ve worked as hard as I can and I’ve done everything I can to show that I deserve to be here. I think I’ve done that.

“At the same time, I’m really happy for Luke Shaw, who has made great progress and has been playing really well. He trains really well and he’s done excellently in the matches as well.”

But that hasn’t stopped Bruno Fernandes ‘pushing’ the club to sign Sporting wonderkid Nuno Mendes this summer.

Mendes is one of the most highly rated full-backs in European football, with a €70m release clause in his current contract.

According to Portuguese news outlet Record (H/t Sport Witness) report that United hold an interest in the 18-year-old.

Apparently, a representative from Old Trafford has offered Alex Telles to Sporting as a potential makeweight in any move for Mendes.

Despite a hefty release clause for such a young player, it is believed the Portuguese club would accept a deal in the region of €40m, provided Telles is included as part of the deal.

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