Flamengo manager targets summer loan + option to buy Alex Telles

It is set to be a busy summer at Manchester United in terms of outgoings.

Unless a lot suddenly changes on the ownership front, Manchester United fans will have to continue their fight against the Glazer family. That is likely set to see this go to new levels of toxicity – but whatever it takes, the American leaches must be outed.

Furthermore, Erik ten Hag has made a promising start as United manager, with the club on course to finish in the top four, after winning the Carabao Cup in February.

United are some way off title contenders Arsenal and Man City, but it’s not an impossible task with the right funds to mount a charge at least.

A report from ESPN claims United are at risk of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations after spending more than £200m of new signings — from a credit card loan, we should add — last summer. It is claimed that while Ten Hag will have money to spend in the summer, a number of players will need to be sold if the Dutchman is to recieve a sufficient transfer kitty…

What’s sufficient? Nothing under the Glazers!

One player who could be sold is Brazil international Alex Telles, currently on loan at Sevilla and eligible to play against us in the Europa League.

According to Torcedores, Brazilian club Flamengo are interested in signing Telles and have made initial contact with United over a deal for the left-back.

Flamengo recently hired Jorge Sampaoli as their new manager and the former Argentina boss is keen to add Telles to his squad, however, it would be a loan deal which is rather off-putting since he went on loan this season.

The 30-year-old hasn’t impressed during his time at United and it wouldn’t surprise us if Ten Hag moved him on at the end of the season – preferably on a permanent deal.

A move back to Brazil wouldn’t be the worst outcome for Telles, who was still in the international picture last year, but he may want to remain in Europe. Flamingo struggled to meet our valuation for Andreas Pereira in the summer and he ended up at Fulham under Marco Silva.

Telles fell behind Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia in the pecking order United before being loaned out to Sevilla, where it is not thought that he will be kept. Rather telling, eh?

While some may speculation that his departure was also the result of a training ground tussle with team-mate Hannibal Mejbri, which occurred last May – but that was before Ten Hag stepped foot in the building.

Ten Hag still decided to loan players out this season. Hannibal went to Birmingham City to gain first-team experience.

Meanwhile, Telles has made 29 appearances for Sevilla in all competitions since joining them at the start of the current campaign. He was part of the team that drew 2-2 at Old Trafford last week in a rather shocking comeback.

Telles’ contract expires at United in 2024 and the Premier League club are likely to sell in the summer.

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