Manchester United are closing in on their first summer signing after activating the £17.4million release clause in the contract of Diogo Dalot.
That’s according to the Daily Telegraph, who say that an official announcement is expected to happen in the next few days. Personal terms between Dalot and the club have already been agreed, with the Portuguese man set to become Jose Mourinho’s first major addition this transfer window.
Dalot is just nineteen, and by trade he’s a right-back. After impressing for Porto B recently, he’s earned himself a handful of appearances for the first-team, while also being selected for Portugal’s U21s side.
This is a clear sign that Mourinho is already thinking about a long-term replacement for an aging Antonio Valencia. The man from Ecuador is approaching the latter stages of his footballing career, and Dalot will come in and probably play back-up for a year or two before (hopefully) taking over in the not too distant future.
My big concern is what does this mean for Timothy Fosu-Mensah? The young man was excellent for Crystal Palace while on loan this season, and personally, I’d much prefer to give him the opportunity rather than spending big on someone else. That’s unless Mourinho decides to use the 20-year-old Dutchman as a centre-back; which is something I’d be a huge advocate of.