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Real Madrid Could Rival Barcelona For This Manchester United Ace: Is He Worth The Fight?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Mundo Deportivo claimed that Real Madrid could rival Barcelona for Manchester United ace Diogo Dalot. It has been revealed that Los Blancos are showing interest in recruiting the Portuguese full-back this summer.

Dalot’s Impressive Run Of Form In English Football

Dalot is having a decent campaign at Old Trafford after producing a few eye-catching displays for the Red Devils in the full-back positions. The 24-year-old has scored two goals and secured three assists in 41 matches for the Mancunian club this season across all fronts.

The Portugal international has been a reliable performer for Man United as he is averaging 2.1 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 2.0 clearances, 0.8 shots, 1.2 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball from the wide areas based on his pass success rate of 80.3% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Dalot’s current contract at the Mancunian club will run out in the summer of 2024. Thus, Los Blancos could potentially land him on a cut-price deal later this year.

Diogo Dalot
Manchester United’s Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on April 30, 2023. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid Want To Sign Dalot: Is He Worth The Fight?

Dalot can get stuck in with some solid tackles to make life tough for the opposition. He can even time his challenges well to earn possession back for his side.

The Portuguese sensation is a decent dribbler with the ball and can engineer some inviting chances for his teammates in the final third. Furthermore, he can chip in by scoring the odd goal from time to time.

Dalot is good enough to fight for a regular starting spot in Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti‘s first team next season. He could also serve as an ideal replacement for Dani Carvajal at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the long run.

At 24, Dalot’s peak years are ahead of him. Hence, he will be well worth the fight, so Los Blancos should go all out in the race to bring him to Spain this summer.

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