Roma chief refuses to rule out move for Man United full-back Diogo Dalot as Jose Mourinho plots reunion with his compatriot who he once labelled the ‘best young defender in Europe’
- Roma are being strongly linked with a January move for defender Diogo Dalot
- Man United kept hold of the youngster after missing out on Kieran Trippier
- Roma director Tiago Pinto would not comment on talk of his side’s interest
- Manager Jose Mourinho once labelled Dalot as Europe’s best young full-back
Roma director Tiago Pinto has this week refused to rule out a January transfer window swoop for out-of-favour Manchester United starlet Diogo Dalot.
The Italian giants have been linked with the United full-back ever since the arrival of Jose Mourinho in the dugout during the summer.
Mourinho worked closely with Dalot, 22, during his stint at Old Trafford and once boldly labelled his compatriot ‘the best young full-back in Europe’ and talked up his talents both on and off the ball.
Roma are now being strongly linked with a January move for defender Diogo Dalot
Mourinho was responsible for bringing Dalot to England for a fee just short of £20million, though the youngster’s career in the Premier League remains yet to take off.
Now, with speculation of a Roma move reaching new heights, Roma chief Pinto has added further fuel to the fire by refusing to publicly rule out a move for Dalot – though has however admitted it will be difficult due to the nature of the window.
The 22-year-old is part of the Portugal national squad but struggles for games at Man United
Jose Mourinho is a big fan and once labelled him ‘the best young full-back in Europe’
When asked about a potential move specifically for Dalot, the Serie A side’s director said he would not be talking about individual players from other clubs.
‘I don’t like talking about players from other clubs, I don’t like talking publicly about transfer strategies,’ he told Sky Italy.
‘On the market, we cannot create great expectations for January because we all know what the January market is like.’
Speaking recently about his own future, Dalot had revealed to the Telegraph that he had no intention of leaving United, even after his successful stint in Serie A last season on loan with AC Milan.
Roma director Tiago Pinto (pictured during the signing of Tammy Abraham) has not ruled out a move for Dalot and a potential swoop into the Premier League market once more
Dalot even went on to face his employers in the competition, and put in an impressive performance against United at Old Trafford, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watching on.
Dalot said: ‘That is why I knew last season was massive for me. My body was feeling those changes and when I went to Milan it was perfect to balance everything and return to this season.
‘That is why I wanted to stay here, fight for games and be an important player for the team.’
This season though the Portuguese star has found himself behind £50m man Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and remains short of game time.
He has made just six appearances for United so far this term, with only one start coming in the Premier League.
Dalot needs to be playing more regularly and has just six appearances so far this season