Manchester United sign Diogo Dalot, Porto right-back for £19m

Diogo Dalot, who has made seven first-team appearances for FC Porto, has signed a five-year contract after the Red Devils agreed to pay £19m for him.

Dalot has represented Portugal from under-15 to under-21 level and made his Porto debut in October.

Diogo Dalot

“The chance of coming to the biggest club in the world is something I just couldn’t turn down,” said Dalot.

The 19-year-old Portuguese came through the youth ranks at Porto and played in a 0-0 draw against Liverpool in the Champions League last 16 in March.

He is expected to provide competition for Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia.

“In his age group, he is the best full-back in Europe,” said Mourinho.

“He is an extremely talented young defender with all the qualities to quickly become a great player for this club.

“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.”

Mourinho is determined to strengthen his defence for what he hopes will be a far closer Premier League battle with champions Manchester City next term.

United announced on Tuesday that they have agreed on a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazil midfielder Fred, for a reported £47m.


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