Manchester United sign Alex Telles and Traoré but remain in talks over Dembélé | Football

Manchester United have confirmed the siging of Alex Telles from Porto and agreed a deal to sign the 18-year-old Atalanta winger Amad Traoré for €30m (£27.2m) plus add-ons. United remain in talks with Barcelona over loan deal for Ousmane Dembélé and are also expected to sign free agent Edinson Cavani on a busy deadline day for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side.

Brazilian left-back Telles, 27, has signed a four year deal with an option for another season after United agreed a deal with the Portuguese champions over the weekend.

“To join a club with the prestige of Manchester United is a huge honour,” said Telles. “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.”

Solskjær added: “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.”

Traoré was on his way to Parma on loan – the club had announced the transfer on their social media channels – before United made their move early on deadline day.

The Ivorian winger, who scored on his Serie A debut last season, is set to join United in January with a work permit pending. He has been on the bench for Atalanta’s three Serie A games this season.



Amad Traoré in action Atalanta in a pre-season match. Photograph: NurPhoto/Getty Images

The Atalanta forward Papu Gómez recently said about Traoré: “He’s a future star, trust me. During our training sessions he plays like Messi! You can’t stop him, he’s unbelievable, our centre-backs have serious problems when Traoré is on the pitch … he’s fantastic!”

It is understood that negotiations over a season-long loan deal for France forward Dembélé are ongoing after the 23-year-old missed training on Monday.

Dembélé is believed to be open to the move despite being told last week that he is part of Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman’s plans, with United having settled on the former Borussia Dortmund winger after the German club refused to lower their asking price for Jadon Sancho. A deal for Dembélé could rest on Barcelona’s signing of former United forward Memphis Depay, with Koeman having confirmed his interest in the 26-year-old.

“We want Memphis Depay at Barcelona and he wants to join Barça too,” Koeman told Dutch broadcasters NOS.

It is understood that United’s initial loan offer for Ismaïla Sarr that could have seen the Senegal forward move to Old Trafford for £45m next summer on a permanent deal has been rejected by Watford, with United yet to return with a new bid.


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