A red flag to consider over interest in Diogo Dalot
The future of Diogo Dalot has been up for debate in recent days.
Dalot has started only one Premier League game this past season, with injuries hampering his campaign.
As we noted last week, the impressive progress of teenager Ethan Laird will be a factor in United’s decision over Dalot if a bid for him does come in.
But as transfer rumours swirl, there is something striking about the Dalot interest which should be a red flag to Manchester United, saying ‘are you sure selling him is the right decision?’
Quality of clubs interested
The calibre of teams reportedly interested in signing Diogo Dalot should give United extra pause to consider keeping him.
Meanwhile The Sun claim Jose Mourinho would like to sign him for Tottenham.
While this is only mere speculation at this stage, it highlights how well Dalot is regarded.
It should be a red flag to United, that three clubs who played in the Champions League this season are keen on a player yet to show his full potential at Old Trafford.
The worst case scenario would be that we sell the 21-year-old, and he goes onto become a star for the next decade for one of those clubs at the top level.
We haven’t seen enough of him at United to make a secure decision that he is not capable of that.
This isn’t a case of an Everton or a Newcastle being interested simple because he is a Manchester United player, a side looking to make a splash and raise their own profile in the process.
You can argue that United may be fine anyway, even if Dalot goes and thrives elsewhere, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Brandon Williams and Ethan Laird available to play at right-back.
That’s a valid view, and if a tempting offer comes in well above the £19 million United paid for Dalot in 2018 (as has been suggested), then it would make sense to cash in, considering his injuries and depth at the position.
At the same time, if it is one of PSG or Barcelona coming in to lure Dalot away, then United may just want to think twice, no matter the fee on offer.
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