Manchester United are set to make their first signing of the summer as they ready a move for Porto wonderkid Diogo Dalot.
The 19-yeard-old full-back is on manager Jose Mourinho’s wishlist as he looks to provide captain Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young with adequate competition.
Currently, Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw are attempting to keep the duo on their toes but both could well quit Old Trafford this summer.
Reports from ESPN FC suggest his display against Liverpool in the Champions League was enough to convince scouts he is worth the £17.4million release clause on his contract.
It’s certainly understandable why a young versatile full-back is being considered to join the Man United ranks behind to 33-year-old starters.
But what else do we know about the transfer target?
Full name: Jose Diogo Dalot Teixeira
Date of birth: 18 March, 1999
Birthplace: Braga, Portugal
What’s his career been like so far?
Dalot is only 19 but has already got plenty of minutes under his belt this season with both Porto’s B team and, to a lesser extent, their first-team. He joined the club aged nine, so has a long history with the club and made his first senior appearance for them with the B team in January 2017, with his full first-team debut coming in October 2017.
A seven-game spell in the team to replace Alex Telles proved he’s got plenty of promise, especially as the matches saw him play at left-back in an O Clasico against Sporting Lisbon and in the Champions League against Liverpool, where he helped his side keep a clean sheet up against Sadio Mane.
On the international stage he’s been a regular for Portugal’s youth sides and not only won the European Under-17 Championship in 2016, but he was named in the team of the tournament, and got the same accolade in the European Under-19 Championship last year. His appearances this campaign for Porto also make him a title winner in his homeland.
What are his strengths and weaknesses?
He’s only had a few top-level matches but Dalot is a powerful runner down the flank and his physical presence makes him tough to stop when he hits full tilt on the overlap. He retains his composure in defensive scenarios and is comfortable with the ball at his feet, but is happy to go direct when the situation requires.
He’s fairly decent in the air but could work on his timing as his clearances can often lack distance but on the front foot his crossing is of some repute. When it comes to tackling he tends to stay on his feet to block the cross but if beaten will hit the deck in an attempt to retrieve the ball, which could be problmatic.
How would he fit in at Manchester United?
Set to be an understudy to start with, he’s already showed enough promise for the role. Expect plenty of time in cup matches, along with Premier League rotation, he can expect more time at right-back with Valencia beginning to show signs he’s past his peak.