Liverpool Interested in Porto’s Alex Telles?
Like just about every other club on the planet, Liverpool seem to always have interest in adding more Brazilians to the fold. The South American nation has been a hotbed for football talent for decades, and there are no signs that the pipeline will dry up any time soon. This past summer alone, Liverpool spent well over €100 million to bring in Brazilian internationals in goalkeeper Alisson Becker and central midfielder Fabinho this past summer.
100 million combined to bring in a couple of Brazil internationals in goalkeeper Alisson Becker and central midfielder Fabinho.
Might the Reds be digging back into that fertile Brazilian deposit? According to reports, Liverpool have interest in making a swoop for Porto left back Alex Telles. Telles has been linked for years with a move to the Premier League, but his name has most often come up in rumors centered around the likes of Chelsea or Manchester United. Real Madrid have also come up in rumors.
Liverpool are not necessarily in need of reinforcements right now, but things could change. For now, Klopp must be pleased with the team he already has. Most top UK betting sites had the Reds listed as one of the favorites to win the Premier League this term, and little has changed. Liverpool are currently second in the league on 19 points, tied with Manchester City. However, the defending league champions currently have an edge on the Reds thanks to goal differential.
This is the first time he has been associated with Liverpool, however. The 25 year old is currently in the midst of his third season in Portugal with Porto, but Liverpool scouts have reportedly been in the stands to take a look at him on a number of occasions already this season. Jurgen Klopp may be tempted to trigger Telles’ €40 million release clause once the winter transfer window opens in January.
It’s worth noting that the Portuguese media has a notably mediocre reputation when it comes to reporting real news, so there is a very real chance that there is nothing to the rumor. Liverpool are settled at left back already with young Scotsman Andy Robertson entrenched as the No. 1. The Reds also have Spanish international Alberto Moreno backing him up. If Telles were to come to Merseyside, there is no guarantee whatsoever that he would walk into a starting job.
However, it is worth noting that Moreno’s deal with Liverpool is set to expire at the end of this season. The notion that Klopp could be keeping an eye on potential targets at the position makes plenty of sense in that regard. If Moreno opts to find a new home in search of more regular first-team football, keeping tabs on a player of Telles’ caliber would pass the smell test.
The reports say that Liverpool are also keeping an eye on a couple of his Porto teammates in Hector Herrera and Danilo.
Telles began his professional career back in 2011 with Juventude back in Brazil. He ultimately made his way to Europe for the first time when he was signed in 2014 by Galatasaray in Turkey. Telles spent two seasons under Galatasaray’s control, including one loan spell at Inter Milan in Italy, before joining Porto in the summer of 2016. He has bagged 4 goals in 62 appearances for the Portuguese side since.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are currently in the midst of a 3-game winless spell after beginning the season with 7 uninterrupted victories. Klopp’s men were beaten at home in the League Cup by Eden Hazard and Chelsea before coming back and earning a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge against the Blues in the Premier League a few days later. Then, the Reds were beaten 1-0 at Napoli in Champions League play after mustering zero shots on goal. Liverpool dropped to third in Group C on 3 points behind Napoli and Paris St. Germain.
Telles’ current club notched a win at the expense of his former club in their own Champions League tilt this past week. A second-half header by Porto’s Moussa Marega gave the Portuguese side a 1-0 victory over Galatasaray. Porto now find themselves on top of Group D on 4 points, tied on goal differential with Bundesliga side Schalke 04. Galatasaray are third, while Lokomotiv Moscow are fourth and still in search of their first points of the new campaign.