Chelsea to miss out: Porto’s Alex Telles reportedly set to join PSG

Alex Telles

Reports stemming from Brazil this evening suggest that Porto star Alex Telles is on the verge of a move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain.

Porto standout

Telles, a 27-year-old left-back, has been plying his trade at the Estádio do Dragão since 2016.

On the back of a difficult couple of seasons spent in Turkey and Italy, Porto opted to hand Telles another opportunity to prove himself in Europe.

And to say that the Brazilian has since gone on to take full advantage of this chance would be putting it lightly.

Telles has rediscovered his brilliant best whilst in Portugal, with the Juventude youth product having established himself as one of the most productive full-backs not only in the Primeira Liga, but across all of European football.

The Porto star’s wand of a left foot has long proven a nightmare to deal with for opposing backlines, as evidenced by Telles’ staggering haul of 20 goals and 42 assists across all competitions over the last 3 seasons combined (including 2019/20).

Chelsea links

As such, Telles’ talents have inevitably resulted in long-standing speculation that the stopper is being eyed up by some of Europe’s heavyweights.

In fact, it has come as something of a surprise that the 27-year-old has not yet been pried away from Iberia.

PORTO, PORTUGAL – MARCH 07: Alex Telles of FC Porto looks on during the Liga Nos match between FC Porto and Rio Ave FC at Estadio do Dragao on March 07, 2020 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

The general assumption, though, has been for some time that the current campaign is set to mark the last in which Telles lines out in Porto’s colours.

This comes with the former Inter Milan man’s contract at the Estádio do Dragão set to expire next summer, and his current employers no doubt keen to secure some form of return for his services.

To this point, the outfit most persistently touted as a potential destination for Telles ahead of next season, meanwhile, have been Chelsea.

A host of recent reports have named the Blues as keen suitors of the South American, with Frank Lampard thought to be on the lookout for reinforcements at left-back.

PSG bound?

If the latest speculation stemming from Telles’ home country of Brazil is to be believed, though, then Chelsea look set to miss out on stopper.

This comes amid claims that Telles is closing in on a move to Ligue 1 champions PSG.

According to Gauchazh, a local Brazilian newspaper known for their ties with Gremio, negotiations between the French giants and Porto have taken significant steps forward over recent days.

This has led to the assumption that a deal ‘should be concluded’ imminently.

Gauchazh breaking the news of Telles’ impending Parc des Princes switch could well be significant, with Gremio, the 27-year-old’s boyhood club, expected to receive up to €1 million for their role in his development.

The total fee involved, meanwhile, is reported to be in the region of €25 million, considerably lower than the €40 million sum previously touted in the Portuguese press.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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