Manchester United in ‘advanced talks’ with Diogo Dalot over new contract
Manchester United are in ‘advanced talks’ with Portugal international Diogo Dalot over a new contract to extend his stay, according to The Sun.
The 23-year-old’s current deal was set to expire at the end of the season before the Red Devils triggered the option to keep him for another year. However, the Old Trafford side are now looking to tie the right-back down for the long term.
Also, the Manchester-based club are aware of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona being interested in acquiring Dalot’s services. Los Blancos and the Balugrana are ready to pounce on the defender’s signature if we are unable to secure his future.
The Portuguese star signed for United in the summer of 2018 from FC Porto. After spending a season as the backup, he became a bit-part player with the arrival of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer preferred the former Crystal Palace star over the 23-year-old. Subsequently, he went to AC Milan on loan for the 2020/21 season for more game time.
Initially, Dalot struggled to get minutes at the start of the previous campaign as well. However, with the departure of the Norwegian head coach, the 23-year-old’s fortunes changed in Manchester.
Ralf Rangnick was then appointed as interim head coach. The German manager gave the Portuguese opportunities ahead of Wan-Bissaka in the team.
Now, under Erik ten Hag, the former FC Porto star has cemented his place in the starting lineup. On the other hand, the English right-back has fallen down the pecking order. Although, in recent weeks, the 25-year-old has deputised admirably.
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Dalot was one of our best players before the 2022 World Cup. While since then the 23-year-old has been a bit underwhelming, the gaffer seems to trust him. Therefore, it would be wise for United to agree new terms with the Portuguese.