Manchester United have announced the capture of Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot from Porto for a reported fee of around £19m. According to Sky Sports, the 19-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a five-year contract with the Red Devils with the option of a further 12 months.
United’s pursuit of Dalot came as more of a surprise during the backend of last month, considering the player had managed just eight competitive appearances for the Porto senior side. Nonetheless, the United scouts were said to have sufficiently impressed with the player’s development since the Under-20 World Cup in 2017 and this has witnessed them take the option of signing him for £19m, around £1.5m more than his release clause which would have only become active at the end of the month.
With Dalot having signed for the club, Mourinho is likely to sanction the exit of Matteo Darmian this summer, considering the Italian has already agreed personal terms with Juventus. The former Torino man has been in regular contact with the Bianconeri chiefs regarding a switch to Turin and the transfer is supposedly being put on hold with the Serie A holders yet to match £12m price tag.
Nevertheless, the transfer is unlikely to drag on for the entirety of the summer transfer window with the Bianconeri keen on having the player on-board prior to the departures of Stephan Lichtsteiner and Kwadwo Asamoah, who have declined to extend their contracts beyond June 2018.
United have now secured two signings for the transfer window after reaching an agreement for Fred earlier in the week but there could yet be another midfield arrival for the summer, should Marouane Fellaini part ways with the club.
The Belgium international appears to have declined the prospect of extending his stay beyond the end of this month and his potential departure is likely to witness a replacement signed, as per Mourinho’s comments during the back-end of last season.