Watch Manchester United £19m signing Diogo Dalot

Dalot Diogo has signed for Manchester United from Porto

Dalot Diogo has signed for Manchester United from Porto

Manchester United have officially signed defender Diogo Dalot from Portuguese giants Porto for £19 million.

The 19-year-old, who has made seven senior appearances, has signed a five-year deal at United.

Dalot has represented Portugal from under-15 to under-21 level and made his Porto debut in October.

“The chance of coming to the biggest club in the world is something I just couldn’t turn down,” said Dalot.

Dalot came through the youth ranks at Porto and played in the 0-0 draw against Liverpool in the Champions League last-16 second-leg in March.

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He is expected to provide competition for United captain Antonio Valencia.

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

“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.”

Dalot is United’s second signing of the summer, after they agreed a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazil midfielder Fred on Tuesday, for a reported £47m.

The transfer should hasten the exits of Italian full-back Matteo Darmian, who has been strongly linked with Juventus, and Netherlands defender Daley Blind, neither of whom has a long-term future under Mourinho.

Mourinho is determined to strengthen his defence for what he hopes will be a far closer Premier League battle with champions Manchester City next term.

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