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Jose Mourinho Plotting January Raid Of Man United As Roma Boss Wants 'Reunion' With Defender

Adnan Riaz

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Jose Mourinho Plotting January Raid Of Man United As Roma Boss Wants 'Reunion' With Defender

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Roma manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on securing the services of Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot in the January transfer window.

Dalot, 22, was loaned out to AC Milan last season and enjoyed a successful spell at the San Siro.

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United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer kept hold of the Portuguese right-back in the summer after failing to land Atletico Madrid star Kieran Trippier.

Dalot, who is under United contract until 2023, made 33 appearances for Milan across all competitions and scored twice and picked up three assists.

The Portugal international is playing second fiddle to Aaron Wan-Bissaka at United, but Mourinho is eager for a reunion with his fellow countryman.

According to CalcioMercato, Mourinho still ‘really likes’ the United right-back and feels like he could add value to his squad.

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The publication added that the Roma board are ‘studying the strategy’ as they plot a potential loan move in January, with the option to buy Dalot in the deal.

It is reported that Dalot would ‘represent more than an alternative’ to Roma right-back Rick Karsdorp and has ‘characteristics that Mourinho is looking for.’

Dalot, who was linked with Real Madrid in the summer, came off the bench for a brief cameo in United’s 1-0 win over Wolves at the Molineux last month.

The former Porto defender’s only substantial playing time this season came in United’s shock 2-1 defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League.

Mourinho was responsible for bringing Dalot to Old Trafford in a £19m deal from Porto in 2018.

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The former United manager called Dalot an “extremely talented young defender” and the best young full-back in Europe at the time.

Mourinho claimed that Dalot could be a mainstay at United for a decade after he impressed on his debut against Young Boys in 2018.

Speaking after United’s 3-0 Champions League win, the Special One said: “Everyone could see he's a 19-year-old player that has more than 10 years to play for Manchester United.

“But I also want to be nice to Luke Shaw because I think Diogo and Luke played very, very well and our danger came from both of them.

“They had fantastic movement, depth, crosses, assists, were involved in the most dangerous actions and they defended well.”

Topics: Jose Mourinho, Diogo Dalot, Manchester United, AS Roma, Serie A, Football, Premier League, England

Adnan Riaz
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