Manchester United have reportedly pinpointed Ajax star Nicolas Tagliafico as a potential target in case they fail in their pursuit of Porto man Alex Telles.
Tagliafico’s former Ajax team-mate, Donny van de Beek, remains the Red Devils’ sole addition with less than two weeks remaining of the summer transfer market but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to bring in further reinforcements at left-back, on the right flank and in central defence.
Though Telles is thought to be the club’s priority target at left-back, the club have been forced to explore alternatives, with the Dragons standing firm over their £23 million valuation of the South American.
The Premier League side even offered up Diogo Dalot in a player-plus-cash deal for Alex but the proposal was swiftly snubbed by Porto.
According to The Sun, they are adamant that their £23 million asking price for Telles is paid in full and the Red Devils have stepped up their interest in Tagliafico as a result.
However, the report states Ajax are demanding an identical fee for Nicolas (£23m) which could prevent a deal from getting off the ground ahead of October’s deadline.
Tagliafico was firmly on Leicester’s transfer radar at the start of the summer but the Foxes instead signed Atalanta’s Timothy Castagne, who has impressed at the start of the 2020/21 PL campaign.
Meantime, Luke Shaw called on United to bring in more new players in the wake of their 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.
‘We have a very good group, but personally I think we need more players to strengthen the squad,’ the Englishman told TV2.
‘It can give us a boost. When you look around at how other teams are strengthening their teams, then we must also do it to keep up with the others.’