Manchester United’s squad is almost complete for the season ahead, barring the signing of a defensive midfielder.
This is the move Manchester United fans want, but remain in the dark as to whether it will come to fruition.
Ruben Neves appears to be a sensible option, while Wilfred Ndidi could be another dream acquisition.
United’s desire to make a move in midfield has been unclear, with a deal for Kieran Trippier viewed previously as likely.
Now United have two extra reasons not to spend money on a right-back.
Diogo Dalot looks set to stay
Diogo Dalot was one of Manchester United’s big winners against Everton in pre-season at the weekend.
The Portugal international came off the bench at half-time and had a solid 45 minutes, before capping his performance off with a headed goal in injury time.
Now The Athletic report Dalot is very likely to stay, after impressing manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer against Everton, and in recent training sessions.
United only require Dalot as a second choice to Aaron Wan-Bissaka and the need to spend money on Kieran Trippier is diminished.
A report from The Sun has meanwhile linked Trippier with a move to Arsenal, although they are short of Atletico Madrid’s valuation. Seemingly, the England international will have to explore other options.
Up until now, the most likely scenario for a Diogo Dalot exit has been for him to return to AC Milan, either on loan or permanently, after a successful loan at the Serie A side last season.
AC Milan have now set their sights on an alternative. Di Marzio reports Milan have made an enquiry for Roma right-back Alessandro Florenzi.
Talks are ongoing between the two clubs, with Florenzi said to be not in Jose Mourinho’s plans and keen on the prospect of a move to Milan.
This move would kill off Dalot’s chances of a move back to the San Siro, and seemingly, this is no longer of priority for United either.
Next move, midfield
While this situation could change if (a) Dalot takes a step back or (b) another club expresses strong interest in the right-back, United appear to be settled at the position.
United’s final priority in the transfer window in terms of incomings will be to sign a midfielder, and there are three weeks left to do so.
Ruben Neves, Saul Niguez and Eduardo Camavinga were three names recently linked by ESPN, while we also compiled a list of 11 possible players United should consider moves for at the position.
There will be attention on outgoings, with the likes of Andreas Pereira and Brandon Williams among those likely to leave, one way or another.
When it comes to incomings, United can apply full focus on midfield. There is three weeks left to get a deal done.
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