Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

DONE DEAL? Man Utd meet buyout clause for Porto defender Diogo Dalot

DONE DEAL? Man Utd meet buyout clause for Porto defender Diogo Dalot

English giants Manchester United are reportedly on the verge of confirming their first signing for next season, one that is bound to surprise most.

It is expected to be a busy summer at Old Trafford with a number of deals mooted but, surprisingly, Dalot is due to be the first signing. He completed all of the 0-0 draw at Liverpool in the Champions League last-16 second leg in March as Porto were knocked out 5-0 on aggregate.

Portugal U21 worldwide Dalot is understood to have a €20m (£17.4m) release clause in his Porto contract - which expires next summer - and is thought to have attracted interest from some of Europe's leading clubs.

Porto have been left surprised by Dalot's decision and the club could have reconsidered selling Pereira to Leicester had they known the youngster would want to leave. Today, Man Utd are set to sign Diogo Dalot...

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Meanwhile, the former Porto player's arrival implies that Mourinho will be letting the likes of Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian leave in the summer. Interest in Diogo Dalot has been present for a while now, with FC Porto rejecting multiple bids below the player's €20 million release clause.

The Independent says sources close to Bale believe he would be open to a return to Spurs, and could even be willing to make a financial compromise if a deal could be arranged.

Dalot can also play in midfield and at left-back, the position he has operated in primarily for Sérgio Conceição's side.

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