Manchester United have knocked AC Milan back in their attempts to take Diogo Dalot on loan for another season, according to reports.
Dalot joined United from Porto in 2018, but only made 20 Premier League appearances across his first two seasons. Consequently, the club let him leave for Milan on loan in the 2020-21 season. The move benefited the full-back, who made 21 appearances in Serie A and 12 in cup competitions.
Now, a decision must be made over his future. Milan would be happy to take him back, but United still have him under contract until 2023.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is hoping to have another right-back at his disposal next season. He wants more from Aaron Wan-Bissaka in an attacking sense, but could convert his role to a more defensive one. In that case, a more forward-thinking option would be needed at full-back.
Kieran Trippier is their top target to fill that gap in the squad, although he will be hard to prise away from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.
That may be part of the reason why Man Utd have decided against loaning out Dalot again. According to Calciomercato, they have rejected a proposal from Milan to take him on temporary terms for another season, but this time with an option to buy.
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It seems United are waiting to see if they sign anyone else in his position. If not, there is still a chance they could reintegrate him into the first-team fold.
Dalot is due to have talks with Solskjaer about his future once pre-season training begins. He will be a part of United’s group for the summer, but there will still be questions of his future.
Man Utd studying Trippier alternative
Dalot may be pushed towards the exit door if United sign a new right-back this summer – and it might not be Trippier.
According to 90min, United are one of several Premier League clubs taking an interest in Rangers captain James Tavernier.
Bradford-born Tavernier had a season to remember for the Gers, helping them win their first SPFL title for 10 years. The 29-year-old right-back was a big part of that title success, with 46 appearances in all competitions.
His attacking exploits also saw him bag 19 goals, 10 of which were penalties. He also grabbed an amazing 16 assists.
Those figures have been divulged by a number of clubs and 90min claim United, Arsenal, Brighton and Norwich are all keen.