Manchester United have wrapped up the second signing of the summer transfer window with Diogo Dalot arriving from FC Porto for a reported fee of £19.3m. The Portuguese teenager managed just eight appearances at the senior level for Porto but he has done enough in order to earn a long-term deal with United.
United’s interest in Dalot was initially brought into focus by Daily Record’s Duncan Castles after it was suggested that the club would trigger the £17.5m release clause on his contract. However, the escape clause would only have become active at the end of the month and the interest from elsewhere tempted United to pay a little bit extra to push through the deal.
Dalot has played in both the right and left-back positions during his time at Porto but the 19-year-old would most probably feature in the former of the roles, considering he is right-footed. In this case, the Portuguese youngster is likely to play second fiddle to Antonio Valencia during the course of the 2018/19 season but he could replace the Ecuadorian in the long-run.
Meanwhile, the arrival of Dalot is likely to enhance Matteo Darmian’s chances of leaving Old Trafford after he was denied a move during the winter transfer window. The Italy international is currently a prime transfer target for Juventus and a deal worth £12m could be sorted out in the coming days with personal terms already said to be agreed.