Manchester United are reportedly on the cusp of signing teenage defender Diogo Dalot from Porto. The Red Devils have already triggered the £17.4m release clause on the player’s contract, and they are now left to complete the necessary formalities over the summer switch.
According to The Mail, Jose Mourinho’s side are on the verge of announcing Dalot as their first summer signing with the player due to undergo a series of medical tests. Dalot has only made seven appearances for Porto to date and during this period, he has earned five starts – all of which have come from the left-back spot.
Nevertheless, the 19-year-old is considered as primarily a right-sided defender and he is being eyed as a long-term successor to Antonio Valencia. United vice-captain has done credibly in a makeshift position over the past four years but there have been occasions where the Ecuadorian has found it tough to make overlapping runs.
As such, Dalot could be regarded as one who can offer competition in the position with his crossing ability being one of his main strong points. Owing to his height, the youngster is also good in the air and United may have got themselves a gem for the future, provided he can adjust to the pace of the English game.