Manchester United‘s Diogo Dalot has emerged as a target for La Liga giants Barcelona, according to reports. The 21-year-old is spending the season on loan with AC Milan and has played 14 times so far in all competitions for the San Siro club.
Dalot has impressed during his time in Italy to the extent that Milan have enquired about the possibility of signing him on a permanent basis.
However, the Red Devils have reportedly informed them that no summer bids will be accepted.
Despite United’s wishes to keep hold of Dalot, Barcelona are planning to launch an approach for the defender once he returns from Milan.
Calciomercato has claimed that Barca have added Dalot to their summer wishlist and are hopeful that United will accept an £11million bid for his signature.
The Spanish club are said to be on the lookout for backup options to provide a challenge to regular starter Sergi Roberto.
Dalot could compete with Sergino Dest, who has failed to impress when called upon this season, for the second-choice right-back spot at the Nou Camp.
It was suggested back in September that United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was growing tired of the 22-year-old, who has struggled for first-team minutes since the Norwegian’s appointment.
The Athletic revealed that the Red Devils boss was not happy with Dalot’s ‘cautious’ style of play, claiming that he would like the Portuguese full-back to be more assertive both in and out of possession.
Dalot said last month that he is enjoying his time in Milan, citing the club’s willingness to aid his development as a major factor behind his positive outlook.
“It’s been a great few months in terms of adaptation,” Dalot told the Manchester Evening News. “Italy is similar to Portugal. The club is amazing, I’m happy to be here.
“I come every day with desire to train and play. The team-mates help me with the language and adapting to the city. I’ve been trying to adapt quickly, I’m learning Italian. The players, staff and everyone else at the club have been very helpful to me.
“It’s fantastic to learn the tactics of the game here in Italy. Having a coach close to the player always trying to teach and explain is great. Our relationship is not just manager-players. This helps me to improve.”
Dalot has made 35 appearances in all competitions for United, scoring his first goal for the club in the FA Cup win over Tranmere Rovers last year.