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Manchester United stance on defensive transfer targets before deadline

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Manchester United could still sign Porto left-back Alex Telles before the transfer window closes next Monday as they consider defensive reinforcements.

While signing Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho remains United’s priority for the final week of the summer transfer window, there could still be movement on defensive targets, with Telles the most likely addition.

United have monitored Telles this summer and the 27-year-old Brazilian could be targeted before next Monday, with Porto unlikely to demand his full release clause of around £36million.

Telles is out of contract next summer so Porto could be convinced to sell for less before the transfer window shuts. United had monitored Spain international left-back Sergio Reguilon this summer but never made a move before his switch from Real Madrid to Tottenham.

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If United sign Telles then the Brazilian will provide competition at left-back to Luke Shaw, and while youngster Brandon Williams can also play that position he could be considered for a switch to right-back as well, having played that role during his time in the academy.

It remains unlikely will sign a central defender before the transfer window closes, however. RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano has admirers at Old Trafford but if United make a move for the 21-year-old it is likely to be next summer.

The priority for the final week of the window remains offloading some of the senior central defenders in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

Chris Smalling hasn’t been in a matchday squad yet this season and could still return to Roma on a permanent deal if a fee can be agreed for the 30-year-old, while Marcos Rojo could also leave the club before next week’s deadline.

But with Phil Jones still sidelined with injury at the moment he looks set to remain at Old Trafford until January at least.

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