As per a report from Portuguese outlet UOL Esporte, Italian champions Juventus have tabled an offer for highly-regarded Porto defender Alex Telles.
Telles, a 25-year-old Brazilian left-back, made the move to Europe from Gremio in 2014, joining up with Turkish giants Galatasaray amid weighty expectations.
However, a promising debut campaign with Gala was followed by an underwhelming loan stint with Serie A giants Inter Milan in 2015, leading to widespread suggestions that Telles may not be capable of cutting it at the top level of European football.
Inter subsequently declined their option to make the South American’s move to the San Siro permanent in the summer of 2016, allowing Porto to secure a 6.5 million Euro swoop for Telles.
Coming of age
And it is at the Estádio do Dragão that the Juventude youth product has truly flourished, fulfilling his early-career potential to solidify himself as one of the finest left-backs in European football over the last 2 seasons.
A hugely-impressive return of 1 goal and 10 assists between the Portuguese top-flight and Champions League during the 2016/17 campaign has since been backed by a frankly-staggering haul of 4 goals and 20 assists across all competitions from Telles this past season, unsurprisingly leading to links with some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
The likes of Juventus, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool have been named as admirers of Telles’ talents over the last 12 months, with a report from A Bola last month having suggested that the latter of these sides were prepared to activate the stopper’s 40 million Euro release clause.
However, no such bid has since been forthcoming, with the aforementioned update courtesy of another Portuguese outlet, UOL Esporte, this afternoon, having revealed an apparent offer worth 30 million Euro on the part of Juventus for Telles.
The report also states that the bid was rejected out of hand, though, with Porto not prepared to part with one of the club’s prized possessions for any less than his 40 million Euro release clause.
One in, one out?
While Juve may have been knocked back, the simple suggestion that the Bianconeri are even on the lookout for a new left-back will come as music to the ears of both Manchester United and PSG fans.
This is due to the long-standing interest of both clubs in the signature of first-choice Old Lady stopper Alex Sandro.
Reports in Italy earlier today suggested that PSG remain the front-runners for the Brazilian and are pushing hard for a deal, though the Ligue 1 champions are yet to come close to Juve’s 50 million Euro+ valuation.