Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr set to sign Manchester United defender, says Fabrizio Romano

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag speaks with Manchester United players.

Manchester United defender Alex Telles is on the verge of signing for Al-Nassr this summer Reuters/Ed Sykes.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s surprise exit from Manchester United and his move to Al-Nassr last season was certainly a dramatic affair. On paper, the contract was penned with Ronaldo as a free agent as his previous deal had been terminated by the Red Devils. As such, the affair wasn’t strictly a United to Al-Nassr transfer. 

But that doesn’t change the reality that the Saudi Arabian side managed to pry away arguably the most commercially valuable player from Europe. In a recent interview, Ronaldo even asserted that he wasn’t going to return to European football and that he anticipates more top talents to join him. The recent flux of players shifting to Saudi certainly points this way. 

Now, another United talent will achieve the same, albeit through a proper transfer. 

Manchester United reach verbal agreement with Al-Nassr for their defender’s transfer

According to an exclusive report from Fabrizio Romano, Al-Nassr are on the verge of agreeing a deal with Manchester United for Alex Telles. 

The 30-year-old signed for the Mancunian giants in 2020 and saw his fall from regular game time pretty quickly. His last campaign was spent on loan at Sevilla. The report adds that there is verbal agreement between both sides over the transfer and that the paperwork is all that is pending.

The Brazilian was a promising attacking presence for the side and provided extra options during set-pieces and free-kicks. 

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Interestingly, Al-Nassr did face a couple of financial hiccups in registering their new players but the report adds that the club is expected to complete the signing of both Telles and Seko Fofana in the coming days. 

Such a move further begs the question as to just how many more leading players will join the cash-rich Saudi-Arabian outfits before the summer window is done and dusted.