In Alex Telles, Manchester United have recruited a hugely experienced player who has already demonstrated his ability as a left-back in some of European football’s most competitive leagues.
The 27-year-old Brazilian is a true all-rounder; as comfortable flying down the wing as he is stifling opposition attacks. Telles has also shown his aptitude in front of goal, and his conversion statistics would be impressive for an offensive winger, let alone a defender.
Born in Caxias do Sul on 15 December 1992, Telles came through the youth system at Brazilian side Juventude, and made his debut in 2011, in the fourth tier of his native country. However, it was immediately obvious that the youngster had a big future ahead of him, and a move to Gremio – in Brazil’s top division – soon followed.