Roma are being linked with a move for Manchester United right back Diogo Dalot.
The January transfer window will be open sooner than we know it, but it feels Manchester United have bigger fish to fry trying to fix their problems on the pitch. We want to be there or thereabouts after the festive period and our recent form has been a major worry.
It has even got to the stage that the manager’s position is deemed untenable by many fans.
There’s a number of players in the squad that may see a potential managerial change as a route into the team. Every manager has his preferred way of playing and if the board decides to change gaffer we can then expect changes to tactics and personnel.
Diogo Dalot is one who doesn’t appear to have a future under Solskjaer.
The 22-year-old spent last season on loan with AC Milan before returning to Old Trafford in the summer. He has made just six appearances for the Reds since then.
According to Calciomercato, Roma manager Jose Mourinho, who brought Dalot to United, is keen on a reunion. Their plan is to sign the Portugal international on loan until the end of the campaign, with the option to make the transfer permanent the following summer.
Speaking about Dalot when he was first signed from Sporting Lisbon, Mourinho told official Manchester United website just how much he rated the Portuguese talent.
“Everybody knows that he has fantastic potential,” Mourinho said three years ago. “I don’t want to compare, especially not the number of titles. But he is probably the same age as Gary Neville when he came into the first team. Probably he can follow Neville in this dynamic of more than 10 years as United’s right-back, with amazing conditions to improve, because as I was saying he’s 19 years old.
“He has all the attributes that a full-back needs. Physicality, tactical intelligence and technical quality, combined with a Porto Academy mentality which prepares players for the maturity they need at the professional level.
“In his age group, he is the best full-back in Europe. And we all believe he has a bright future ahead of him at Manchester United.”
However, Dalot’s potential departure won’t cost any of us sleep and it’s telling that he doesn’t play more often when Aaron Wan-Bissaka is our first choice right back. The former Crystal Palace academy player is great at one-on-one situations but can be abysmal whenever he makes it into the final third.
It really is no wonder the club looked at Kieran Trippier in the summer.