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Report: AC Milan make decision on Diogo Dalot permanent deal

Despite playing a prominent role for AC Milan this season, Diogo Dalot is likely to return to Manchester United when his loan ends in the summer, per PianetaMilan.

After failing to impose himself at Old Trafford, Dalot joined the Rossoneri on a season-long loan last summer and has since thrived in the new environment.

Equally impressive on both flanks, the Portuguese full-back has earned Stefano Pioli’s trust, making 24 appearances in all competitions.

A series of injury setbacks to Davide Calabria accelerated Dalot’s integration into the starting XI.

The 22-year-old has featured in all ten Europa League fixtures this season and added another 12 outings in Serie A, racking up a pair of goals and two assists in the process.

It is fair to say that he has been a bit inconsistent, but the Lombardian outfit have also performed in patches this season.

Given his regular presence in Pioli’s tactics, it may come as a surprise that Milan could send him back to United at the end of this campaign.

According to PianetaMilan, the main reason behind the club’s decision not to extend the player’s stay is United’s asking price.

The Rossoneri are close to securing a Champions League return, which will hand a massive financial boost to their summer budget.

It seems somewhat ambiguous that they won’t be able to allocate €20 million to keep Dalot permanently, even though he has been an always-present figure this term.

Apparently, the emergence of Pierre Kalulu has slammed the door shut for the former Porto man, as Milan see the Frenchman as a long-term back-up for Calabria.

But the Rossoneri are short of reliable options to fill in for Hernandez on the left flank.

The ex-Real Madrid star has barely been given a rest this season, and the fatigue seems to have caught up with him of late.

On the other hand, Dalot’s return to Manchester could be a blessing, given Aaron Wan-Bissaka has had to do it all alone on the right this season.

The Englishman has nailed down the right-back position as his own, but like Hernandez at the San Siro, he also needs a rest and the Portuguese starlet could be a perfect go-to option to fill his boots when required.