Manchester United have confirmed the recruitment of young full-back Diogo Dalot from FC Porto for an undisclosed fee. The 19-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the Red Devils with the option of a further year under the discretion of the club.
Dalot’s potential move to Old Trafford was initially spoken about by reputed journalist Duncan Castles last month and United have since fast tracked the move for the Portuguese teenager, who is said to have cost £19.34m from Porto.
The youngster initially caught the eye of several English clubs after impressing for Portugal at the Under-20 World Cup but United are understood to have since maintained a close watch on Dalot, who made his league debut for Porto earlier in the year.
During his eight appearances for Porto, Dalot generally played on the left side of the defence but considering the right foot being his strongest, he could potentially compete with Antonio Valencia at right-back next season.
The Ecuador international has shined in the United shirt whilst captaining them on several occasions but Jose Mourinho seems prepared for a long-term change, should the 32-year-old show signs of fading in the coming years.
Meanwhile, the arrival of Dalot could trigger the potential exit of Matteo Darmian, who has been discussing a possible return to Turin. Juventus have verbally agreed terms with the Italian but they are yet to sort out a transfer fee with United.