Man United are close to completing their first summer signing

Man United are close to completing their first summer signing

Manchester United are hopeful of signing Porto full-back Diogo Dalot before the end of this week, Goal understands. He was also named in Goal's NxGn XI - a squad made up of the greatest teenagers in the game earlier this year.

Strengthening his defence is a priority and a new right-back to act as a long-term replacement for Antonio Valencia is desperately needed as the Ecuadorian global turns 33 in August.

Portugal U21 global Dalot is understood to have a €20m (£17.4m) release clause in his Porto contract - which expires next summer - and is thought to have attracted interest from some of Europe's leading clubs.

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Dalot has only made seven first-team appearances for Porto but United's scouts have been sufficiently impressed by the performances to make a move for the 19-year-old.

He joined Porto's academy in 2008, won the 2016 European Championship with Portugal Under-17s, and played in the Under-20 World Cup the following year. Porto are understood to have turned down bids below Dalot's release clause past year. Most notably, his Champions League debut at Anfield came as a left-back as the Portuguese side shuffled the pack following a 5-0 leg loss at the Estadio do Dragao.

Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian all look set to leave the club in the coming months and Mourinho is thought to be keen to bring in a centre-back and left-back as well as Dalot.

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