The transfer gossip silly season is upon us and there is sure to be a lot of fluff coming from the media. Every now and again, however, there will be very credible reports of an impending transfer, and that of Manchester United set to sign Diogo Dalot is one of those credible reports.
When the BBC, as opposed to the Daily Mail, The Sun or Daily Star, report a transfer rumour, you know it has credibility. They don’t always get it right, but more often than not, they do.
It has also been reported on Sky Sports TV, and with no denials emanating from either Manchester United or the player’s representatives, it is almost certain that a deal is indeed very close.
Dalot currently plays for Portuguese giants Porto. He is just 17 years of age, plays regularly as a right-back for Porto’s B team, and reportedly has a £17.4m release clause, which has yet to be activated. Since 2017, he has made six first team appearances. He has also represented Portugal at U-17, U-19 and U-20 level, helping his country win the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.
According to the BBC, United manager Jose Mourinho believes Dalot will provide competition for captain Antonio Valencia, though given his age and inexperience Valencia will not be losing any sleep over his arrival.
United and Porto have been in contact, and it is now just a case of terms being agreed..
Dalot’s arrival nothwithstanding, there is set to be a shake-up at the back for United this summer, with Matteo Darmian on his way to Juventus, and Daley Blind almost certain to be leaving as well.