The negotiation of Manchester United's introduction of Porto’s left-back Tres was deadlocked, and the Red Devils were unwilling to pay the asking price of £17 million.
"Daily Mail" said that because the 27-year-old Telles has less than one year remaining on the contract, Manchester United believes that Porto’s 17 million pounds asking price is too high. According to the Red Devils’ wishful thinking, they hoped to use the money from the sale of Smalling to bring in Telles at the same price.
Rome had previously offered Smalling £12 million, but Manchester United refused, they wanted 18 million. The idea of the Red Devils is to increase Smalling's price as much as possible, lower the price of Teles, and try to make the two equal, so that one in and one out can be completed without extra money.
At Manchester United, there are still a number of players waiting to be sold, including Dalot, Rojo, Pereira, Phil Jones and Romero, but there seem to be few buyers with strong intentions.