Diogo Dalot has had a rather fortunate Euro 2020.
Not included in Portugal’s initial squad, the fullback was called up after Joao Cancelo had to withdraw due to a positive Covid-19 test. Then the Manchester City player’s deputy, Wolves’ Nelson Semedo, picked up an injury against France.
That gave Dalot a chance to make his debut in such an important match, and he may get more minutes with Semedo’s recovery from a muscle injury uncertain ahead of the game against Belgium.
The Manchester United owned player spent last season on loan at AC Milan, where the 22-year-old was used as a squad option. Whilst Dalot didn’t have a breakthrough season in terms of establishing himself as a first choice at the top level, he did prove useful given he can play on either side of the pitch.
Milan would like to have him back for next season, but they’re facing problems finding a deal with Manchester United.
Saturday’s edition of Correio da Manhã reports interest from Real Madrid, which comes as something of a surprise. Los Blancos were following the player before he switched to Old Trafford from FC Porto, yet it’s manager Carlo Ancelotti said to be leading the recent interest.
There’s no talk of an approach or anything like that, and it’s said Madrid are again following the player and he’s seen as an option to ‘rejuvenate’ the club’s defence.
Real Madrid currently have Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola at right back, with several options at left back.
An exit would likely be needed to make signing the Manchester United player feasible.