European giant dithering over whether to pay €25m for Man Utd misfit
AC Milan are reportedly undecided whether they want to turn Digo Dalot’s loan switch from Manchester United into a permanent one.
The full-back joined the Serie A giants last summer on a temporary switch until the end of the season.
Dalot has impressed, albeit in a lesser role for Milan, making the majority of his starts in the Europa League.
The versatile defender has played on either side of the Milan defence when needed. However, there are debates in Italy as to whether he has done enough to earn a permanent switch.
Initial reports suggested that there was no clause inserted for a loan to buy.
But according to Gazzetta dello Sport that is not the case and Milan can pursue a deal if they so wish.
Gazzetta states, as cited by Sport Witness, that ‘the club with the most shots in the barrel is Milan’, when referring to Dalot and fellow loanee Brahim Diaz.
The report adds that ‘Dalot from Manchester United and Brahim Diaz from Real Madrid were signed in the summer with an option of €25m each’.
However, it would appear Milan are more likely to move for Diaz, rather than fork out €50m for the pair.
Dalot will certainly he hoping for a permanent switch, after falling behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka at United.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has even used Victor Lindelof as a makeshift right-back. That tells tells you everyting about how highly the Norwegian rates Dalot.
United are also been strongly tipped to make a move for Norwich full-back Max Aarons to provide competition for Wan-Bissaka.
If that move came off then that would clearly signal the end for Dalot at Old Trafford. But whether he ends staying in Italy remains to be seen.
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United rule out centre-back move
Manchester United’s search for a centre-back looks set to change tack, with the club reportedly unwilling to pay Jules Kounde’s £68million transfer fee.
United are said to have made the Sevilla defender a top priority this summer, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to pair Harry Maguire with a world-class partner.
Kounde, 22, has emerged as one of Europe’s top defensive prospects, and was an option for Manchester City before they signed Ruben Dias.
Dias has been a revelation since arriving at the Etihad, with City storming clear at the top of the table.
Pep Guardiola’s men have kept 24 clean sheets in all competitions. To that end, United were keen on bringing in Kounde to make a similar impact.
However, a report in the Daily Mail claims that the Red Devils are refusing to meet his £68m fee. That is significatly lower than his €90m release clause, but still too much.
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