Italian clubs reportedly fighting it out for Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot


Double Italian job

Manchester United fans are no doubt becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of news regarding incomings at the club.

However, news of moves in the opposite direction certainly isn’t slowing down.

Two Italian clubs, AC Milan and Roma, are said to be vying for the signature of Diogo Dalot.

Milan previously expressed an interest in Norwich City’s Max Aarons. And the Rossoneri are still looking to add reinforcements to their defensive line.

The north Italian side qualified for the Europe League after a pulsating penalty shootout on Thursday night. They will now require further squad depth, as the sleeping Serie A giants seek qualification for next season’s Champion League.

Meanwhile, Roma’s long-term attempts to bring Chris Smalling back to Rome following a successful loan spell stand them in good stead with United. The Giallorossi could therefore attempt to sweeten their deal for Smalling by including Dalot in a double transfer.

Unfortunate circumstances

After signing for £19 million at just 19 years of age, the expectation was that, in Dalot, United had found a long-term option at right full-back.

Antonio Valencia had previously represented a mainstay in the position, with it predicted that, upon the Ecuadorian’s departure, Dalot would swiftly step up to take over first-choice duties.

However, early opportunities to integrate disappeared following an early injury.

The real stumbling block, though, has since come in the form of the signature of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace. This essentially signified the end of Dalot’s long-term guarantees. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer even handed further opportunities to youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah over Dalot.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 20: Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on October 20, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

A move away therefore represents the best option for the former Porto man. He will no doubt hope that one materialises in the coming days.

See also: Carlo Ancelotti reportedly growing increasingly agitated with ‘Everton’s non-existent transfer activity’

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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