DEADLINE DAY: Manchester United confirm Alex Telles signing with Cavani, Amad Traore and Pellistri expected but Dembele deal likely off

If you are a Manchester United, then things are probably looking a little rosier in terms of the boosts the current squad is receiving.

Alex Telles has been confirmed as a new signing by the club on a four-year deal. The Reds will pay an all-inclusive fee of 17 million euros to Porto. Having been tracked for nearly some time now, the move made sense for all parties involved.

Telles got the big professional move he wanted, United reinforced their strength in the left-back position and Porto got a reasonable fee for a player that was due to be a free agent in summer 2021.

However, it might not be the end of the transfer window for United. Per the latest news from Fabrizio Romano, veteran striker Edinson Cavani is also expected to sign a two-year deal at the club. Signing as a free agent, the only investment United would have to make is in terms of the wages and bonuses part of the Uruguayan’s contract.

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Furthermore, he will be expected to provide stiff competition to current centre-forward starter Anthony Martial. And if the opportunity and form tail off, he can even become the main No 9 for Manchester United. After all, he has done it many times with Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain. And this could be sort of a one last hurrah in the professional circuit for Cavani.

The club also confirmed the signings of Amad Traore and Facaundo Pellistri. While the former has been signed for an inclusive fee of 40 million euros from Atalanta, he will only arrive at United in 2021 owing to passport issues. The latter is a young striker who comes from Penarol, who are expected to receive 20% of any future sale of the player. Safe to say, these are both talents who are for the future than the present.

The last bit of business that Man United could have potentially done, was the signing of winger Ousmane Dembele from FC Barcelona. But this will now NOT be done, because of the difference in expectations from both clubs.

United wanted Dembele on a loan with possibly an option to buy. Barcelona on the other hand preferred selling the Frenchman on a much more permanent basis. It can be understood why the Catalan club wanted money upfront, having announced quite the enormous debt from past financial operations.

It is thus now looking like the end of the transfer window for United fans. And they will certainly feel happy at the closure mark, with significant deals tied up for some important players.

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Bhargav Gopal
The quintessential football aficionado who knows a thing or two about Economics. One can often find me reading detective novels with coffee when I am away from the sports world.

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