Man Utd have alternative transfer target to Alex Telles if Porto deal cannot be agreed

Manchester United have made Vitaliy Mykolenko an alternative transfer target if a deal cannot be struck with Porto for Alex Telles as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to ramp up their interest in signing a left-back before the window shuts. Donny van de Beek is the only arrival at Old Trafford so far. 

United have an alternative transfer target if a deal for Alex Telles cannot be struck with Porto.

Solskjaer has been disappointed with United’s summer business to date – with top target Jadon Sancho looking unlikely.

Donny van de Beek has joined after the Norwegian made signing a midfielder an important matter.

But he is also desperate to bolster his defence, with a left-back under consideration.

Luke Shaw has been decidedly average in a side where Solskjaer wants attacking full-backs.

There have been three top targets for the position, the first being Real Madrid star Sergio Reguilon.

The Spaniard spent last season on loan at Sevilla, where he landed a spot in the La Liga team of the season as well as winning the Europa League.

However, transfer negotiations faltered after Real told he would not leave unless there was a buyback clause involved.

Tottenham stole in and agreed to Los Blancos’ terms and Reguilon now looks set to join Spurs.

Telles is United’s plan B but Paris St-Germain are also interested in the Brazilian.

The Red Devils have yet to submit a bid for the 27-year-old but the defender is keen on joining them.

However, if a deal cannot be struck with Porto, United will turn to their third target – Dynamo Kyiv star Mykolenko.

The 21-year-old has been touted as one of the best talents coming out of eastern Europe and Manchester City have also got an interest in him.

It remains to be seen how much United are willing to part with for the Ukrainian.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer has urged United chiefs to act smart in the transfer window and sign the right characters.

“We’ve come quite the distance since February,” Solskjaer said. “But you saw how tired you were towards the end. We need the break.

“It’s going to be a strange summer. The market is open for so long. We’ve got to be good, smart and clever.

“We’re looking at it. I can’t say when and if they’re going to be done. It’s a quick turnaround. We have to be 100 per cent sure when we make those deals.

“We definitely need to improve if we want to move up the table and on in the cups. We are working to improve what we have. We’re always looking to improve the squad.

“It’s not about marquee signings, it’s about quality. You need the right personality to make us better. We might look at it today and see where we need to improve. Maybe today showed that they have to learn and get the consistency.”

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