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Barcelona Showing Interest In This Manchester United Ace This Month: Decent Choice For Xavi?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent segment on Twitch, Spanish journalist Gerard Tomero claimed that Barcelona are showing interest in Manchester United ace Diogo Dalot. It has been mentioned that the Catalan outfit are eyeing a late move for the Man United full-back before the end of this transfer window.

Dalot’s Difficult Season At The Theatre Of Dreams

Dalot had a tough campaign at Old Trafford but deserves some credit for serving as a useful squad player for the Mancunian club. The Portuguese right-back made 30 appearances for the Red Devils last season but failed to score or secure an assist and picked up six yellow cards in the process across all competitions.

The Braga-born talent was a reliable performer down the right flank after he averaged 2.3 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 2.3 clearances, 0.7 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He even distributed the ball relatively well as he completed 80.2% of his attempted passes in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).

Dalot is currently in the final year of his contract at Man United, so Barca will have a good shot at landing him on a cut-price deal during this summer transfer period.

Nou Camp
Nou Camp

Is Dalot A Decent Choice For Barcelona Head Coach Xavi?

Dalot has got decent pace under his belt and can make a few driving runs with the ball on the right wing. He is a solid tackler of the ball and can time his challenges well to earn possession back for his team inside his half. Dalot is primarily a right-back but can also play as a left-back or as a winger on either flank if needed.

The Portugal international usually clears the danger when needed and is a tidy passer of the ball as well. However, he has failed to nail down a regular starting spot during his career at Old Trafford thus far.

Someone of Dalot’s quality could be a good acquisition for Barca as he will enhance the quality of Xavi‘s first XI. The Barcelona head coach has got the luxury to offer him regular playing minutes at the Nou Camp. At 23, the Portuguese talent will only get better in the coming seasons as long as he can steer clear of injuries.

Therefore, it makes sense for the Catalan club to orchestrate a cut-price move to acquire Dalot’s services this month. He will be a decent choice for Xavi and could help Barca compete for some major trophies in the coming seasons.

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