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Real Madrid join Barcelona in race to sign Man Utd defender Diogo Dalot

Real Madrid have joined Barcelona in the race to sign Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot, according to The Mirror.

Dalot has been one of the stand-out performers for the Red Devils this campaign and he has made the right-back position his own under manager Erik ten Hag.

His performances have already drawn interest from Spanish giants Barcelona in recent weeks, and it is now claimed that Los Blancos have entered the pursuit.

The reigning European champions have held an interest in Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo but are now aware that a deal is improbable with City refusing to sell.

Hence, their attention has turned towards Dalot, who has yet to sign a new contract at Old Trafford.

His current deal expires at the end of this season, but United have the option for another 12 months.

Madrid believe he could be available for £35 million in case the Red Devils decide to sell him.

Man Utd must finalise new Dalot deal amid Madrid and Barcelona interest

Dalot has started each of United’s 15 appearances this term, chipping in with two assists. Ten Hag obviously trusts him over Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who played only four minutes before his injury.

Goal recently described Dalot as an ‘undroppable‘ player and it is definitely the case at the moment. United now need to speed up the progress of committing him to a new long-term deal.

Dalot is presently one of the lowest earners at the club at just £25,000-a-week and could be in line for a six-figure salary with a renewal. United need to act fast to sort out his future.

The Portuguese is said to be focused on prolonging his stay at Old Trafford, but he could easily have his head turned by the high-profile interest from Barcelona as well as Madrid.

Aside from Dalot, United have several key players including Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, Fred, David de Gea and Cristiano Ronaldo, who are in identical contract situations.

Ten Hag has reportedly asked the hierarchy to pause renewals until the World Cup break.

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