It looks like Chelsea could be making a crucial signing this summer after Alex Telles reportedly rejected a fresh agreement with Porto, according to A Bola (via the Daily Mail).
Telles only has 14 months left on his current contract and the Blue and Whites are happy to cash in on the wantaway defender in the summer. Although the left-back has a release clause of £33.5 million, the report claims Porto are willing to accept £20 million as they do not want to let him leave on a free transfer.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is on the hunt for new left-back options as there are still questions over Marcos Alonso and Emerson remains out-of-favour.
If Emerson is allowed to leave this summer, Telles could be the perfect replacement. The dead-ball specialist has made 22 appearances in Liga NOS this season, scoring 8 goals and providing 5 assists. His pass success percentage stands at an impressive 79% (WhoScored).
The Blues have also been monitoring Leicester defender Ben Chilwell, who has attracted interest from Premier League rivals City and Spurs (The Times).
Who would you rather have in their prime?
Many fans have gone wild over the latest links to Telles, with one claiming he is a “better player than Ben Chilwell.” Indeed, Chilwell’s pass success percentage is slightly lower at 78.2% (WhoScored). With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the reaction.
For me, Alex Telles is a no-brainer for Chelsea this summer.
– Quite cheap, won’t ruin other moves you need to make
– Great attacking. Him & Reece would be formidable fullbacks
– Plenty CL experience
– 27 yrs old, buys you a few years to wait for Maatsen or find someone else pic.twitter.com/KvRiYK4v6m
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) March 3, 2020
An estimated £58m for Hakim Ziyech and Alex Telles to start this summer off would be amazing business.
— LDN ⚽️ (@LDNFootbalI) March 3, 2020
£20 million for Alex Telles? No brainer.
– Great price for a quality player.
– Much better player than Ben Chilwell.
– Huge upgrade to LB position.
– Great crosser.
– UCL experience.
– Dead-ball specialist.
Everyone Chelsea fan should be in favour of this move. Bargain. pic.twitter.com/dFkno47tUs
— FutbolChelsea (@FutbolCheIsea) March 3, 2020
With the Telles to Chelsea rumors heating up, I think this signing is equally, if not more important than signing Sancho. Having another threatening outside back opposite of RJ will prevent teams from focusing on the rigth side of the pitch where RJ and potentially CHO will play pic.twitter.com/2g28jdNitI
— TheThrowInCoach (@ThrowinThe) March 3, 2020
Our board has been on the ball with Ziyech and now pursuing Telles
— mar (@aimarakhmat) March 3, 2020
Would be an unreal signing! People who say he is to old are deluded we need a mix of experience, quality and youth to take this team forward! Absolute no brainier 🙌🏻
— GregTalksCFC (@GMACFC) March 3, 2020
100 percent. And people complaining about his age when he’s only 27. Like does every player we sign have to be a teenager? Let’s get some experience and serious quality in our team for once.
— JA (@cfcJohn_) March 3, 2020
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