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Roma chief ‘preparing’ January strategy as Mourinho sanctions Man Utd raid

Jose Mourinho is looking to raid his former club Man Utd for January recruits and wants to bring Diogo Dalot to Roma, initially on loan with an option to buy in the summer

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Jose Mourinho has instructed a Roma club chief to pursue a deal for Diogo Dalot, a player he signed during his Manchester United tenure.

The full-back has struggled to establish himself at Old Trafford ever since he arrived in 2018 from Porto.

Mourinho was axed less than six months after Dalot was signed and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has rarely used him.

As a result the 22-year-old headed out on loan to AC Milan last term, but is now back in England.

His standing at United remains the same though with Dalot starting just twice this term in all competitions.

That is despite Solskjaer eluding to more opportunities for the full-back.

He said: “He had a season where he learned a lot from in Milan, he kept fit that was a big thing and he’s got qualities that we look at trying to exploit more and more.

Diogo Dalot is on Roma’s radar “He’s got more experience. We’re not here just to loan out players for years and years.”

Calciomercato reports that Roma director Tiago Pinto is now ‘studying the strategy’ to sign the Portuguese star on loan with an option to buy.

Mourinho made his feelings clear on Dalot when he arrived at Old Trafford just over three years ago.

“In his age group, he is the best full-back in Europe,” said the Special One.

“He is an extremely talented young defender with all the qualities to quickly become a great player for this club.

“He has all the attributes that a full-back needs: physicality, tactical intelligence and technical quality, combined with a Porto academy mentality which prepares players for the maturity they need at the professional level.”

Mourinho is already working with several of his former United stars at the Stadio Olympico.

Chris Smalling has been used on occasion in defence whilst Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a man Mourinho let go in order to sign Alexis Sanchez, has been a regular.

Roma sit sixth in Serie A but have struggled for form in recent weeks after a solid start.

Mourinho’s team has lost three of their last five whilst they’ve also struggled in the Europa Conference League.

The 58-year-old recently took aim at a referee after a 2-2 draw with Bodo/Glimt.

He said: “You can talk about whatever you want, but the reality is 2-2, they had two shots on target and two goals. We scored two goals and had two clear penalties denied.

“I don’t know if they get referees who are poor and starting their careers for the Conference League. I didn’t say anything about the referee in Norway, because we lost 6-1, but here the two penalties were clear.”

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