Man United have informed Diogo Dalot to report for pre-season training after rejecting AC Milan’s request to extend the Portuguese full-back’s loan spell.
The 22-year-old, who played on both flanks under Stefano Pioli last season, has allegedly received ‘encouraging feedback’ from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and members of his backroom staff throughout his time in Italy.
However, as per BBC, the transfer stance regarding Dalot is still unclear, and there’s a possibility United could instead use his sale to generate revenue for other transfer targets.
Considering the Red Devils are also chasing Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier, it’s unlikely they’d keep additional back-ups for first-choice right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Further, Brandon Williams is also anticipated to depart the Theatre of Dreams. Solskjaer rejected Southampton’s approach for the United academy graduate to a lack of cover for Wan-Bissaka last year, but he’s available on loan this time around.
For now, it seems Trippier and Dalot are the two names seen by the Norwegian as the potential challengers to the Englishman for the right-back spot.
It is understood that the former FC Porto youngster loves the English outfit and will not demand a transfer. Pre-season is ideal for him to make an impression and show Solskjaer just how much he’s developed in Milan. He might as well end up convincing United to not pursue Trippier after all.