Report: Club have ‘obstacles’ in pursuit of Man Utd defender, player ‘dreams’ of moving

Though Diogo Dalot has recently returned to the starting lineup, his future at Manchester United is still uncertain amid interest from Fiorentina. Scrive La Nazione (h/t Fiorentina.it) say the Violas are keen to bring the 22-year-old to Italy but have ‘obstacles’ in completing a deal due to his wage demands.

Dalot has made 20 appearances in all competitions this season, starting in 10 of United’s last 13 Premier League games, but his return to the starting elven came due to Aaron Wan-Bissaka picking up an injury. The Portuguese international was dropped for Wan-Bissaka in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Leeds United, so he might endure an extended period out of the side now.

Fiorentina want to capitalise on the situation but may not be able to pay his wages in full. Scrive La Nazione say Dalot earns €3.5m-a-year/€67k-per-week (£2.9m-a-year/£55k-per-week), which would make him the Violas second-highest earner if signed.

The 22-year-old ‘dreams’ of returning to the Serie A after last season’s loan spell at AC Milan, so Fiorentina may hope he’s motivated enough to end his four-year association with United. Dalot joined the Red Devils from FC Porto in 2018 and has gone on to make 55 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal with three assists.

He’s never been a regular over an entire season and may feel his career risks stagnating if he isn’t getting more opportunities, so time will tell what happens this summer. Fiorentina have Álvaro Odriozola, Lorenzo Venuti and Nikola Milenkovic who can operate at right-back, but Venuti hasn’t been a regular while Milenkovic is a natural centre-back, so Vincenzo Italiano clearly wants more depth.

Dalot will be out of contract in 2023 and United are fearful over losing him on a free transfer next year, so they’re triggering a 12-month extension for protection. It doesn’t mean he won’t be sold in the coming months though. It just means United have bought themselves more time to make a decision.