Leicester City turned down move for Man Utd new boy

Leicester City turned down the chance to sign new Manchester United defender Alex Telles, according to reports.

Telles has made a good impression playing across Europe over the years for the likes of Galatasaray and Porto.

The left-back joined Porto for around €6.5m in July 2016. He has been an ever-present for the Portuguese giants over the past four seasons.

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He has made just short of 200 appearances for Porto during his time at the club. Arguably his best season to date came during the 2019/20 season. The defender scored 13 goals from his 49 appearances in all competitions.

Man Utd had a busy transfer deadline day, confirming four new signings. Edinson Cavani, Amad Diallo, Facundo Pellistri and Telles were brought in before the European window closed.

The Red Devils had been chasing a new left-back for most of the summer. They eventually agreed on a deal to sign Telles for around £15m.

But Man Utd’s new player could have easily ended up at a different Premier League club this summer. The Athletic have reported that Leicester City said no to a move for Telles earlier this window.

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The report adds that Brendan Rodgers’ side were ‘presented with an opportunity’ to purchase Telles. But they instead decided to pursue a deal for Atalanta’s Timothy Castagne.

The full-back joined the Foxes for a fee of around £21m, and he has immediately hit the ground running in the Premier League.

Leicester have made two further signings this summer. French youngster Wesley Fofana joined for around £31m from Ligue 1 side Saint-Ettiene, while winger Cengiz Ünder signed on loan from Roma.

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