When the season started Mancini had a lot of options at fullback. He could choose from Danilo D'Ambrosio, Yuto Nagatomo, Davide Santon, Martin Montoya (lol), Alex Telles, and even Juan Jesus. With all those choices it isn't a surprise that he was constantly changing up who played out wide for a majority of the season. Now it seems like Mancini has settled on his first choice combination of D'Ambrosio and Nagatomo and with the future of the others in question, Telles is one of the first who will have an idea of whether or not he will be at the club next season.
The Brazilian fullback is at Inter on loan from Galatasaray, but the deal includes an option to buy him for €8.5m. His agent, Fernando Otto, said he will be in Milan on Monday or Tuesday to talk to Ausilio but he is optimistic that Inter would agree to keep him at the club permanently and make the deal with Galatasaray.
I don't know which way this one will go. On one hand, Telles has performed pretty well when he plays and even though Mancini has seemed to prefer D'Ambrosio and Nagatomo right now, Telles has joint-most starting appearances out of all the fullbacks (level on 16 starts with Nagatomo). On the other hand, if the club fails to reach the Champions League it seems like cuts will have to be made, and the 23 year old's option to buy makes him an easy way to save some money. Honestly, I am surprised Ausilio is meeting with him this early with Champions League football still an uncertainty.