According to the Telegraph, Manchester United are pursuing Kieran Trippier this summer.
The England international is seen as competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. And his experience and versatility would make him a fine addition.
Yet there is an alternative that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be wise to consider.
After all, Diogo Dalot is already a United player. And the Portuguese international is far better than his recent Red Devils struggles would suggest.
Dalot impressed on loan at AC Milan last season, scoring once and providing three assists in 33 outings. His performances led to a late call up for Euro 2020. And he returns to Old Trafford this summer with his reputation enhanced.
The Trippier rumours – and Solskjaer’s previous decisions regarding Dalot – suggest the 22-year-old is not in the manager’s plans. Yet he should be.
Dalot is the real deal and, in time, he could be one of the best full-backs in Europe.
There is a reason Jose Mourinho waxed lyrical following Dalot’s £19million move (BBC).
Dalot may have struggled under Solskjaer, but he has a fine attacking mind and could be every bit as effective as Trippier in the years to come.
United could spend £18million on Trippier as has been reported. Or they could develop Dalot.
Wan-Bissaka is the undisputed first-choice right-back at United. So Trippier would arrive with a battle on his hands despite his experience.
As for Dalot, he could be developed on the training field and brought in when necessary. His versatility means he also matches Trippier in his ability to play on both flanks.
Could it be an unnecessary transfer?
Some United fans will be desperate to see Trippier arrive. His dead-ball ability and his leadership were on display at Euro 2020 and during his La Liga-winning campaign last time out.
But Dalot could, if he leaves, be the one that got away.
United have done it before; most notably with Paul Pogba. This time, they have the ball in their court.
If Dalot is brought back into the fold and gets games next season, he could blossom at Old Trafford rather than elsewhere.
The fact that so many top clubs have been linked with the young full-back speaks volumes. If they want him, United should, too.
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