Dalot seals £19m Old Trafford move

Diogo Dalot

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of promising young defender Diogo Dalot on a five-year contract from FC Porto.

The 19-year-old is a product of the Portuguese club’s youth system and made his Primeira Liga bow in February after being handed his first-team debut in the Taca de Portugal four months earlier.

Dalot completed his medical on Tuesday to seal a long-term deal with the Red Devils, who have the option to extend for a further year.

United boss Jose Mourinho rates the Portugal Under-21 international highly and believes he has tipped him to become a future star at the Theatre of Dreams.

“Diogo is an extremely talented young defender with all the qualities to quickly become a great player for this club,” Mourinho told the club’s official website.

“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.”

Dalot added: “Joining Manchester United is an unbelievable opportunity for me. I have grown up in Porto’s Academy and I am so thankful for everything they have done for me.

“But the chance of coming to the biggest club in the world is something I just couldn’t turn down. I’m excited about working with Jose Mourinho and learning everything I can from such a successful coach.

“I am looking forward to playing alongside the fantastic players in the squad.”

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