Alex Telles shirt number confirmed as new Man Utd signing makes change

Manchester United have confirmed that new signing Alex Telles will wear the No.27 shirt after he joined the club on transfer deadline day.

Telles has made the move to Old Trafford from FC Porto for a fee of £15.4m, and the left-back could be in line to make his debut after the international break when United take on Newcastle on October 17.

Telles has tended to wear the No.13 shirt throughout his career, but was unable to continue wearing the number at United due to the fact that backup goalkeeper Lee Grant currently holds it.

He also briefly wore No.12 during his time at Inter Milan, and he could have also taken that vacant number at United, but it is possible that he has chosen 27 because that is also his age.

The last United player to don the 27 shirt was Marouane Fellaini between 2015-19, while the likes of Federico Macheda, Mikael Silvestre and Gary Neville have also held the number at some point.

Telles is clearly delighted to be at the club, and speaking to their official website after the deal to sign him was confirmed he said: "To join a club with the prestige of Manchester United is a huge honour.

"You have to work hard to get to this moment in your career and now I am coming to this club, I can promise that I will give everything in my heart to be a success here.

"I won many trophies at FC Porto and I want to continue that at United. The manager has a clear plan and direction for this team and I can’t wait to pull on the famous shirt."

Elsewhere the other new signings' numbers have been confirmed, with Edinson Cavani taking the famous No.7 and Facundo Pellistri wearing No.28.

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