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Portuguese Giants Left Shocked By Manchester United Linked Defender's Decision

30 May, 2018, 18:00 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Man Utd transfer news Diogo Dalot

Manchester United are set to complete the signing of Diogo Dalot after activating the £17.4m release clause in his Porto contract and personal terms have already been agreed, according to the Telegraph. The reports also conclude that the club is close to announcing the wide defender as their first signing of the summer transfer window, with the deal likely to be confirmed within the week.

The 19-year-old defender made his debut for the Portuguese club last season and immediately impressed during his seven first-team appearances in all competitions.

In October he was named as Porto's young player of the year. It is understood that they watched him play for the Portuguese club in the goalless draw against Liverpool in the Champions League last season. Interest in Diogo Dalot has been present for a while now, with FC Porto rejecting multiple bids below the player's €20 million release clause.

It is expected that United will make around five signings this summer, with a raft of players, including probably Marouane Fellaini, leaving as Mourinho revamps his squad.

Dalot will compete with Antonio Valencia for the right-back slot at Old Trafford.

Dalot is primarily a right-back but can also play at left-back, another problem area for Mourinho.

Matteo Darmian, who has been a reserve for Mourinho in both full-back slots, is expected to leave, so Dalot is seen as a replacement for the Italian and as a challenger for Valencia's first-team berth.

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