Man Utd face battle to keep Alex Telles after Barcelona 'add defender to five-man transfer shortlist'

Man Utd face battle to keep Alex Telles after Barcelona 'add defender to five-man transfer shortlist'

January 30, 2022

BARCELONA have reportedly added Manchester United star Alex Telles to their shortlist of potential defensive recruits.

The left-back has been named alongside four other suitable targets for the Catalans in a report by Mundo Deportivo.

Barcelona are apparently also keeping tabs on Juventus' Alex Sandro, Ajax's Nicolas Tagiafico, Villarreal's Alfonso Pedraza and Borussia Dortmund's Raphael Guerreiro.

Mundo say the Spanish giants are keen to find a versatile new defender who can play at centre-back and full-back.

The new recruit would be brought in help strengthen their defence down the left-hand side alongside Spain star Jordi Alba.

The report adds the La Liga heavyweights are also in the market for a left-sided central defender.

Ajax's Lisandro Martinez, AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli, and Feyenoord's Marcos Senesi are among their preferred options.

Injuries to Eric Garcia and Sergi Roberto have left Barca boss Xavi with a lack of cover in his backline.

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Telles, 29, signed for United from Porto for £13.5million in October 2020.

But he has struggled for starts ahead of England star Luke Shaw.

Last month it was reported Italian giants Inter and AC Millan were both tracking the star, who has four caps for Brazil.

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