Date: 10th June 2020 at 1:00pm
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According to a report from newspaper Correio da Manhã via Sport Witness, Man City have entered the race to sign Porto left-back Alex Telles – with the Sky Blues looking set to battle Paris-Saint Germain for his signature. 

The 27-year-old, scoring an impressive eight goals and bagging five assists from the full-back area, could be the answer to City’s dilemma in that position as the Portuguese paper claim we may still have a shot at securing his signature.

Pep Guardiola, over the last three seasons, has been forced to improvise when it comes to the left-back position – deploying ex-midfielder Fabian Delph there over the 2017/2018 Centurions campaign.

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Oleksandr Zinchenko has also been used as a makeshift left-back to compensate for Benjamin Mendy’s injury-ridden stay at the Etihad, but now it’s reported City may be looking to solve that problem once and for all.

Playing under ex-Sky Blue boss Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan, Telles has played at the highest level throughout his noteworthy career – with City and PSG now looking to snap up the defender who is currently valued at €40 million. 

According to WhoScored, Telles delivers an impressive 2.3 crosses per 90 minutes – almost as much as star playmaker Kevin De Bruyne. 

Mendy, when fit, lags behind in that department – averaging just 1.1 deliveries by comparison.

This could potentially hint that Telles would be a good overlapping substitute for the Frenchman, especially considering his nine assists in all competitions from out wide.

Whether or not we swoop for the 27-year-old remains to be seen, but judging by his credentials, it could be a coup worth considering.

 
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