AC Milan’s season long-loan signing of Manchester United outcast Diogo Dalot could prove to be a very astute piece of business.
Dalot has been completely frozen out by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since football’s restart and there was a sense of inevitably around his future when the Norwegian overlooked him and began preferring Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
The Portuguese right-back could make his first start in the Milan derby on Saturday if the game goes ahead amid Inter’s COVID-19 outbreak.
Dalot’s loan switch should be beneficial for his progress as he should be granted more game time under Milan boss Stefano Poli.
And reports emerging from Italy now claim Poli turned down the chance to sign two more of Solskjaer’s surplus United players in the summer transfer window.
According to Calciomercato, Chris Smalling and Andreas Pereira were both offered to Rossoneri at different times before they both sealed exits.
It is claimed Milan were on the lookout for a central defender in the summer, but Smalling ultimately wanted to make his move to Roma permanent which deterred them from entering negotiations.
Pereira, meanwhile, joined Lazio on a loan for the 2020/201 season with an option to buy for around £24.5m next summer, as per the Guardian.
The Brazilian midfielder could have also joined Dalot in Milan, but Calciomercato’s report adds that Milan officials preferred the loan transfer of Real Madrid youngster Brahim Diaz.