Reports stemming from the Portuguese media today suggest that French champions Paris Saint-Germain have secured an agreement with Porto for Alex Telles.
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).
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.
The general assumption, though, has for some time been 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, had been Chelsea.
A host of recent reports named the Blues as keen suitors of the South American, with Frank Lampard thought to be on the lookout for reinforcements at left-back.
Imminent PSG switch
If the latest word emerging from Portugal today is to be believed, though, then Chelsea look to have missed out.
As per a report from A Bola, Telles is in fact set to join Ligue 1 champions PSG this summer.
A deal between the capital giants and Porto was allegedly ‘closed in the last few hours’, following weeks of negotiations.
As such, Telles’ move to the Parc des Princes will be announced following the campaign’s conclusion.
The 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.
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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