Diogo Dalot: Manchester United sign Porto right-back for £19m
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Manchester United have signed the "best young full-back in Europe" in Diogo Dalot, says manager Jose Mourinho.
The 19-year-old, who has made seven first-team appearances, has signed a five-year contract after the Red Devils agreed to pay Porto £19m for him.
Dalot has represented Portugal from under-15 to under-21 level and made his Porto debut in October.
"The chance of coming to the biggest club in the world is something I just couldn't turn down," said Dalot.
Dalot 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 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."
The transfer should hasten the exits of Italian full-back Matteo Darmian, who has been strongly linked with Juventus, and Netherlands defender Daley Blind. Neither player has a long-term future under Mourinho.
He 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 a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazil midfielder Fred, for a reported £47m.
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One day that may change who knows but for now and the foreseeable they are.
Man City are brilliant at present but it will take a couple of decades to get up there. Chelsea tried and had success but still are not at that level. You can't buy history
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Silly BBC when they gonna learn..just because Moanino says someone is the best player it doesn't really mean it's true now does it?
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They were quoting what Mourinho said not expressing their belief that he is correct.
Sorry if that's confusing.
How come you’ve ended up at Man Utd then?
19 is on the young side to be a bus driver
How do we know he can park one ?
No point asking a Loserpool fan, their open top bus hasn't moved in years.