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Alex Telles to Man Utd: Four shirt number options for Porto star if transfer goes through – Daily Express



October 1, 2020
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Manchester United are refusing to give up on their pursuit of Porto left-back Alex Telles, despite hitting a stumbling block over the Portguese side’s asking price. But what shirt number would he wear at Old Trafford? Here’s four possible options.

United are still chasing a possible deal for Alex Telles from Porto before the transfer window slams shut on Monday.

The two clubs are currently negotiating a fee, with Porto reportedly willing to accept lower than his £36million release clause because his contract expires next summer.

Telles currently wears the No.13 at Porto. He started out with the No.15 at Galatasaray, but switched to 13 in his second season in Turkey, and has kept that number ever since.

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He has worn various number when representing Brazil.

Here are four potential options for shirt numbers Telles could take…

Manchester United are still chasing a possible deal for Alex Telles from Porto

Manchester United are still chasing a possible deal for Alex Telles from Porto(Image: GETTY)

No. 12

Chris Smalling continues to be linked with a move away from the club, having spent last season on loan at Roma.

It’s thought the Serie A club are keen to bring him in permanently, which would free up his number 12 shirt.

Telles wears number 13 for Porto currently, so it’s as close as he can get really.

Chris Smalling's no. 12 shirt could be available if he leaves for Roma permanently

Chris Smalling’s no. 12 shirt could be available if he leaves for Roma permanently(Image: PA Images)

No. 15

Andreas Pereira still holds this shirt number. But the Brazilian is expected to leave the club in the coming days.

The midfielder has reportedly agreed a deal with Lazio to join on loan for the season.

He might not be willing to give away his shirt number if he’s only away for a year though.

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Marcus Rashford was the last man to wear the no. 19 jersey at Man Utd

Marcus Rashford was the last man to wear the no. 19 jersey at Man Utd(Image: GETTY)

No. 19

The number 19 jersey could be an option for Telles, with the shirt vacant since Marcus Rashford was handed the No.10 jersey in 2018.

Dwight Yorke wore this number when United won their infamous treble.

It’s a decent number, to be fair.

No. 27

The number 27 shirt has been available since Marouane Fellaini’s exit to China in 2019.

The Belgian wore it during his final three-and-a-half seasons at Old Trafford, having initially donned the No.31.

Probably not his most desired option, but an option nonetheless.

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