MANCHESTER UNITED defender Diogo Dalot reportedly wants to call time on his career at Old Trafford.
But transfer guru Duncan Castles reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unwilling to let the wantaway full-back leave the club.
And the starlet made a total of 11 appearances for Solskjaer’s side last term after his season was blighted by groin injury troubles.
Dalot, who made a £19million switch to United from Portugal’s top-flight giants Porto, has yet to secure a regular slot in Solskjaer’s starting line-up.
And Castles says the Red Devils boss sees the youngster as his third pick for right-back behind his trusted first two choices Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams.
However Solskjaer is reportedly reluctant to let Dalot go despite the lack of first-team starting chances for the youngster.
Castles told the Transfer Window Podcast: “It’s interesting to see what’s happening with two guys who’ve dropped well down the pecking order in that very heavily-staffed defensive section of the Manchester United squad.
“One of them, Diogo Dalot, the young Portuguese under-21 international, who has essentially been relegated to third-choice right-back in the planning Solskjaer is making for the coming season.
“Wan-Bissaka obviously has that position nailed down.
“I can tell you that Dalot’s not happy with his situation at United and is keen to leave, however he doesn’t have permission from the club to leave.
“You would think a loan deal would be a viable solution here, a loan with an option to buy in a year’s time, allow a player who was extremely highly-rated when he came to the club, picked out of Porto with a limited amount of experience because of the quality of his performances at Porto, [to leave].”
Castle reckons United want to add a new left-back to their ranks.
And the Old Trafford side have been strongly linked with a move for Real Madrid’s Sergio Reguilon.
However it’s thought that Solskjaer is open to a swoop for a right-back if the ideal player becomes available.
Castles added: “We told you some time ago Manchester United were in the market for another full-back, that they were prepared to sign either a left-back or a right-back, preference being for a left-back, but if the player was of sufficient quality of the options available to them, they would take a right-back, a younger one on that side.
“If they take a left-back, the idea is to move Brandon Williams from back-up up to Luke Shaw into back-up for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and allow him to develop over there.”
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