Manchester United have reinforced their defensive options with the signing of Alex Telles from Porto while a deal to bring in Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani is reportedly at an advanced stage.
It is understood a fee of £13.5million, plus £1.8m in potential add-ons, had been agreed for left-back Telles, who scored 26 goals and contributed more than 50 assists after joining the Portuguese club from Galatasaray four years ago.
Telles, who has signed a four-year deal that includes the option to extend for a further year, becomes only the second major signing of the summer window at United following the arrival of Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax last month.
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However, the the 27-year-old, who has been capped once by his country, is not expected to be the only significant arrival at Old Trafford the day after their 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham, with Cavani set to finalise terms on Monday evening.
Telles, who has won a clutch of honours including league titles with Porto and Galatasaray, said on United’s official website: “To join a club with the prestige of Manchester United is a huge honour.
“You have to work hard to get to this moment in your career and now I am coming to this club, I can promise that I will give everything in my heart to be a success here.
“I won many trophies at FC Porto and I want to continue that at United. The manager has a clear plan and direction for this team and I can’t wait to pull on the famous shirt.”
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed his new recruit as a “fighter” ahead of Telles linking up with the squad, where he is expected to provide competition for Luke Shaw.
Solskjaer said: “First and foremost, I welcome Alex to United. He is a player we have been tracking for some time and his performances over the past few years are exactly what we are looking for.
“He is a fighter and a winner and will add real determination and competition to the squad. Alex has the qualities, both as a player and as a person, that we want here at Manchester United.”
Meanwhile, United have also announced the signing of teenage centre-back Willy Kambwala from Sochaux.
The PA news agency understands the fee for the 16-year-old, who has captained France’s Under-17s, could rise to four million euros (£3.6m) with add-ons. He will immediately link up with Neil Ryan’s Under-18s squad.