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Manchester United full-back could make surprise move to Premier League rivals: report

Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot has been linked with a surprise move to Tottenham Hotspur, having struggled to command regular playing time at Manchester United this season.

The 21-year-old made the move to the Red Devils from Porto during the summer of 2018 and former boss Jose Mourinho hailed him as the best European full-back in his age group.

Since then, he has not been able to secure a regular starting role due to injuries and competition for places, and at present, he is regarded as the immediate back-up to Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.

According to Dominic Booth of Manchester Evening News, Dalot could consider a shock move to Tottenham Hotspur during the next transfer window where he could be reunited with Mourinho.

The same publication cites the playing time as the main concern for the player, having managed only 66 minutes of top-flight action during the course of the current season.

Dalot is capable of playing in either of the full-back positions. He can also slot into the right side of the attack which was visible on occasions during the second half of the previous campaign.

Taking this into regard, he remains a valuable player for the Red Devils but his prospects of starting in the league seem unlikely, barring one of the regulars getting injured.

In the past, Dalot had been fancied as a probable candidate to pressurise Shaw for the left-back role but that no longer remains the case with Brandon Williams’ impressive breakthrough from the development side.

It remains to be seen whether United are willing to permit Dalot’s departure during the summer. The club have an exciting young right-back in Ethan Laird, who could get promoted to the senior setup ahead of next season.