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Dortmund showing interest in United dud Dalot

An update has emerged on Manchester United defender Diego Dalot, regarding Borussia Dortmund’s interest in his services.

What’s the talk?

According to MEN, Dortmund are interested in signing United right-back Dalot before the end of the window.

The report claims that the Red Devils have not decided whether or not they will keep the Portuguese full-back, with the Red Devils open to keeping him but not ruling out a sale.

Should United sell Dalot?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Time’s up

United chief John Murtough must sanction an exit for Dalot before the end of the transfer window. He should capitalise on Dortmund’s interest and negotiate a permanent sale of the defender to bolster the club’s budget ahead of future signings.

The 22-year-old Portugal international endured a mixed campaign with AC Milan on loan in the Serie A last season, as he came under criticism from the Italian press towards the end of his spell with the player in “free fall”.

He did, however, play 31 games in the Serie A and Europa League for Milan, averaging a solid WhoScored rating of 6.82 in the latter – catching the eye in his eight starts.

Dalot started ten games in the league for the Italian giants, which suggests that he did not perform well enough to secure a regular spot in the starting XI despite his impressive displays in Europe. He averaged a score of 6.72 in Serie A, showing that he was not able to reach the heights of his performances in the Europa League as he recorded a lower rating by 0.10.

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Therefore, the £19m dud is unlikely to make the breakthrough at Old Trafford as he was unable to stand out for Milan. If he cannot start regularly for Milan then why would he be good enough to displace Aaron Wan-Bissaka from the right-back position in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team? Wan-Bissaka averaged a WhoScored rating of 7.15 in the Premier League across 35 appearances last season, suggesting that he is well ahead of Dalot in his development.

Murtough must now work hard to get the best possible deal for Dalot from Dortmund, whether that is a straight-up permanent switch or a loan with an obligation/option to buy at the end of the 2021/22 campaign. The funds brought in could either be used to sign a higher grade right-back to compete with Wan-Bissaka or saved to bolster other areas of the team in upcoming windows or in the final days of the current one.

AND in other news, Man Utd make contact over £27m-rated “complete midfielder”, Ole would love him…

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