Over the past few seasons, first at Galatasaray and then FC Porto, Brazilian left back Alex Telles has been linked with moves to Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Chelsea. Those regular rumours of a big money move, though, so far haven’t amounted to anything.
Undeterred, Portuguese rumour mongers have gone and added Liverpool to the list of clubs supposedly interested in Telles, now 25 and in his third season at Porto, and Liverpool scouts are said to have regularly attended matches to watch him this season.
It isn’t just Telles they’re tracking—midfielders Danilo and Hector Herrera are also meant to be on the Reds’ scouting lists—but it’s Telles who’s meant to be the big target, and Liverpool might even be willing to trigger his €40M release clause in January.
Or at least that’s the rumour, and it’s probably best to keep in mind that the Portuguese press has a genuinely dreadful track record when it comes to claiming that Liverpool are ready to trigger the release clause of some Primeira Liga player or other.
On the other hand, while his €40M release clause seems high for a left back it’s difficult to imagine Liverpool triggering it in January, Telles is a talent and with Alberto Moreno’s contract expiring next year the Reds are likely tracking a few left backs.
The Portuguese press may be highly unreliable, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Liverpool would be keeping a close eye on Telles this season—along with other possible targets—as a potential signing for next summer.