Deal nearly done — Manchester United reach breakthrough for 19-year-old

Manchester United have reached a breakthrough for FC Porto defender Diego Dalot, with the 19-year-old having arrived in London to finalise the deal.

Matteo Darmian could be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer while Antonio Valencia has one year left on his deal, so Dalot could be a long-term replacement. Dalot may have to shadow Valencia before he’s eventually given the nod.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils have agreed a transfer fee for the right-back, winning a nine-way race for his signature. He joined Porto from Dragon Force in 2016 and has made eight appearances in all competitions for the first-team.

The Portuguese u21 international has only 12 months left on his contract and Porto look to have cashed in early. Dalot may not be a regular at United immediately given his young age and inexperience, let alone the challenge of adapting to the Premier League, but manager Jose Mourinho clearly believes in him enough to sign him.

He has a release clause of £17.5m which must be met before June comes to an end, although MEN believe United might have pay closer to £19m in the end.

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