Journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Manchester United are now set to hold talks ‘soon’ over extending the contract of Diogo Dalot.
The Lowdown: Out of contract
Dalot’s contract at Old Trafford is set to expire in the summer, meaning that he can leave as a free agent, or sign for another club for a cut-price in the January transfer window.
The right-back has come off the back of an impressive FIFA World Cup with Portugal, where he ranked as their second-best performer as he made three appearances on their way to reaching the quarter-finals (WhoScored).
The Latest: Talks ‘soon’
Taking to Twitter, Romano has revealed that talks will take place ‘soon’ over extending Dalot’s contract, and he adds that fellow right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka could be allowed to leave in January:
“Manchester United are trying to find a solution for Wan-Bissaka in order to let him leave. Wolves, West Ham and Crystal Palace remain interested.
“Main priority on right-back situation remains to extend Dalot’s contract. Talks will take place soon.”
The Verdict: Deserved
Dalot is certainly deserving of a new contract, given his recent performances for Portugal and the start to the season that he made with United.
The 23-year-old has played in every game that he has been available so far under Erik ten Hag (Transfermarkt), showing just how much his new manager trusts him.
On a mere £25,000-per-week, he is one of the lowest-paid players in the Red Devils squad, and is deserved of a big salary increase.
The Englishman has unfortunately failed to live up to his huge £50m price tag from 2019, and getting him off of the wage bill would help fund Dalot’s new deal.
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