Liverpool are one of many teams being linked with a move for Alex Telles this summer. It has been reported for a number of months that the Brazilian left-back is wanted by a number of clubs across the continent.
Liverpool and Chelsea were said to be keen on the player, valued at €40 million (£35.2 million), but O Jogo is reporting today that Porto will not be selling the player this summer and that he is happy to remain for now.
Which should be welcome news for Liverpool fans and their current defender Andrew Robertson.
Last summer Liverpool took a gamble on Hull City defender Robertson. They paid a fee in the region of £8 million to bring the Scottish defender to Anfield. It was a risk, deciding he was the man to solve the club’s long-standing trouble at left-back. But it has certainly paid off.
Robertson was exceptional for Liverpool last season. For many, the fact Marcos Alonso was placed in the PFA Team of the Year ahead of him was a massive miscarriage of justice.
Finally, Liverpool have found the left-back they had been hunting for so long.
So bringing in Telles would have been a huge kick in the teeth for the Scottish star. It would have sent a woeful message to the player that, despite being one of the best left-backs in Europe last season, he is still replaceable when a bigger name comes on the horizon.
Whether or not Liverpool were actually interested in Telles is up for debate. But they shouldn’t be and must continue to put their faith in the extremely talented Scottish star.