Manchester United in advanced Diogo Dalot talks
Manchester United are in advanced talks over a new deal for Diogo Dalot, according to The Sun.
The Lowdown: Current contract
Dalot, hailed as ‘smart’ and ‘intelligent’ by former United striker Cristiano Ronaldo, has featured heavily under Erik ten Hag this season, making his 30th appearance of the season against Liverpool on Sunday.
The 23-year-old’s current contract is currently set to expire in 2024 after Old Trafford chiefs triggered a one-year extension prior to the New Year.
The Latest: New deal
The Sun provided an update regarding Dalot and United in the last 48 hours, claiming that talks over a new long-term deal are at an advanced stage.
The report adds that United are wary of interest from both Barcelona and Real Madrid and want to secure him to a new deal after impressing this season.
The Verdict: Wise move
Dalot has gone from strength to strength under Ten Hag and is currently valued at a career-high €32m by Transfermarkt.
He appears to be first choice ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and has been the club’s fourth-best performer in the Premier League, as per WhoScored.
Dalot has made more interceptions than any United player and also ranks highly for tackles and key passes made per 90, so a new long-term deal would be a wise move by Old Trafford chiefs and it looks as if it is gathering pace.