Diogo Dalot: All You Should Know About Man United Target
Jose Mourinho with his Manchester United group went trophy-less while their supposedly inferior next door neighbours got two, including the league title.
That they won the league in record-breaking fashion must make last season more painful for the United fans, players and their success-obsessed manager.
Now he is determined to reinforce his squad ahead of the 2018/19 season and different names have been mentioned in the media.
The latest is FC Porto starlet, Diogo Dalot.
Is he one to immediately help Manchester United return to their glory days?
Here are things you need to note while you try to answer that question.
1. His background
José Diogo Dalot Teixeira known as Dalot, was born in Braga and is a product of FC Porto's academy.
Dalot joined Porto's youth system in 2008, aged 9. On 28 January 2017 he made his senior debut with the B team, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 home loss against Leixões S.C. for the LigaPro championship.
He won the U17 Euros with Portugal in 2016. He is also a Portugal U21 international.
2. Heir to Valencia
He is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a right back for FC Porto B. This means he will be trying to take Antonio Valencia's position at United.
But that will be a tough nut to crack at his level. So, fans should expect just some cameo appearances from the young Portuguese for now.
His time will come as a long-term successor to Valencia.
3. How much?
The 19-year-old will not cost Manchester United anything less than €20million (£17.4million) because that is the release clause Porto have placed in his contract.
In this age where players cost so much, that may be good enough for a player meant for the future.
There are reports that Jose Mourinho is ready to make the youngster his first summer signing.
4. He is good
Experts have described him as a modern full-back for his speed, good height, physical strength.
He is also comfortable on the ball when he surges forward, down the wing with the ball attached to his feet.
But this does not make him forget his core defensive duties putting in tough tackles and reading the game brilliantly.
Dalot also has a cool head and is capable of playing the ball out from the back either by making a long-distance pass or bringing it forward himself.
5. May not get regular play yet
Dalot is new to first team football in the Portuguese league having made just seven appearances for Porto last season.
He just broke into the first team in February but quickly went on to play in Porto's Champions League last-16 tie against Liverpool at Anfield in March.
Guess what, he played out of position at left-back. Could that be where he caught Mourinho's eye?
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