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Roma boss Jose Mourinho is weighing up a January move for Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot on a temporary basis, according to reports. The Portuguese defender has struggled to hold down a place at Old Trafford this season, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka keeping hold of his first-choice berth in recent months.
Dalot arrived at United back in 2018, with then-manager Mourinho shelling out a fee of around £20m to tempt Porto into letting their man leave.
However, the 22-year-old has failed to assert himself as a valuable asset for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as of yet.
He has been restricted to just 83 minutes of Premier League football alongside two Champions League group stage appearances since the beginning of the campaign.
It seems as though a January exit could soon be on the cards for Dalot, with Mourinho keen on reuniting with the defender in Italy, according to Sky Sport Italia.
The report claims that United are open to the possibility of sending him out on loan once again after spending the entirety of last season with AC Milan.
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Mourinho is reportedly looking to bring Dalot to Roma (Image: GETTY)
Dalot featured on 33 occasions in all competitions for the San Siro giants, helping the club to achieve Champions League qualification with a second-placed finish in Serie A.
His performances on the right-hand side for Il Rossoneri have seemingly convinced Mourinho that he would be a promising addition to his Roma squad at the turn of the year.
Such a move would also help United in giving Dalot the final step in his development before handing him a regular first-team role next season.
The former Porto man is not quite the finished article just yet, but could reap the rewards of another loan spell to work on his all-round game and put himself in the best position to make a splash at Old Trafford upon his return.
He has joined the likes of Jesse Lingard and Donny van de Beek in being continually overlooked by Solskjaer, with another impressive period away from the club during the second half of the season able to prove the United boss wrong.
Dalot has previously warned that he could seek a fresh challenge elsewhere if he is not given enough opportunities at United this season.
“Competition is always good to improve,” he told The Times back in May.
“I just say that I want to stay in case I get the chance to play. I don’t want to be a starter one game and a substitute for another five.
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Dalot has played just 83 minutes in the Premier League this season (Image: EXPRESS)
“If that happens I will have to look for another solution. The new contract is fine but if I don’t play I will be open to listen to other proposals.”
Solskjaer responded by insisting that Dalot would have a significant influence on proceedings over the course of the campaign, but the United boss has seemingly gone back on his word in the months since.
“Diogo has had a very good summer with being called up to the Euros,” the United boss told reporters in September.
“He did well for Portugal under-21s and had a season on loan that he learnt a lot from in Milan. He kept fit, which was a big thing.
“And he’s got qualities that we look at trying to exploit more and more, of course he’s got more experience. We’re not here just to loan out players for years and years.”