Loan exit for Alex Telles is another Manchester United failure
Telles is set to join the Spanish side on a season long deal, after being deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
The left-back’s chances of game time have diminished after Tyrell Malacia’s arrival and he was played out of position throughout pre-season.
Telles is hoping to earn a World Cup place in the Brazil squad, where he is a back-up, and needs to play regularly to give himself a shot of making the tournament.
Loan exit for Alex Telles
The situation presents a double failure for Manchester United, firstly with the decision to sign the defender, and now loaning him out instead of selling him.
Telles appeared a sensible enough buy in 2020, costing just £13.6 million. He provided competition Luke Shaw needed, and his attacking ability appeared to be an upgrade.
But the defender’s performances from an attacking perspective were inconsistent, and defensively, he ended up proving a weak link.
It may have been a gamble worth taking, but ultimately, Telles was not a successful buy, shown by the fact he has been replaced after just two seasons.
The decision to let Telles leave is a good one, there’s no need to keep him around. But loaning him out is a poor deal.
United have so many players on the books who are hard to shift. Phil Jones appears unsellable, while selling Aaron Wan-Bissaka would require United accepting a major loss on the £50 million spent on him.
Telles was a player who appeared like United might be able to get a fee for. It is a failure not to.
He has played 50 games for United in two seasons, with no concerns over his fitness. He was in Brazil’s international squad in June, and has experience playing in Italy, Portugal and Turkey.
His wages are a reported £93,000 per week, expensive but not excessive. So it feels like United are rushing into a loan deal, when there is the whole of August left to negotiate and find a permanent club for the Brazilian.
United need to raise funds add to the pot to sign players. Getting Telles’ wages of the bill for a season is only a minor win. Getting a fee of just £8 million should have been achievable.