Diogo Dalot is set to become Jose Mourinho’s first summer signing after Manchester United activated his £17.4million buy-out clause at Porto.
Personal terms have been agreed in principle and Dalot should become a United player within days.
Mourinho has been keen to find a right-back to provide cover to 32-year old Antonio Valencia. In the just concluded League season, only Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku played more Premier League minutes for United as an outfielder than the Ecuadorian, and Mourinho wants to use Dalot to rotate at right back, while developing him as a medium-term successor for the position.
Dalot broke into Porto’s first team in February, playing six Primeira Liga games as a left back and also featured in the second leg of the round of 16 Champions League goalless draw against Liverpool at Anfield. At 19 Dalot is already a regular for Portugal’s Under-21s. In October, he was named Porto’s young player of the year.
Fast over the ground, powerful on the ball, and with a good delivery in attack, Dalot could easily become a hit in the Premier League.
Porto coach Sergio Conceicao has described Dalot as “a player of great quality”, while former team-mate Miguel Layun believes he has the potential to establish himself the best right back in the sport.
“For potential, character, personality, and many other things, he can go as far as he wants,” said Mexico international Layun earlier this year. “In my opinion, he can become the best full back of all in a few years.
He has everything to achieve that, but he has to maintain the desire, the hunger that got him into the first team of an great club like FC Porto. In a few years’ time I would love to see Diogo being part of a FIFA Team of the Year.”