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Barcelona handed a major blow in pursuit of Manchester United defender

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At this point, it is well-established that Barcelona are on the lookout for a new right-back as they seek an upgrade on summer signing Hector Bellerin.

Several names have been linked with a move to Camp Nou as a result, with Manchester United star Diogo Dalot one of those players who has regularly been mentioned as a transfer target.

After a rocky start to life in England, the 23-year-old right-back is finally coming into his own at Manchester United this year, first under interim boss Ralf Rangnick and now under Erik ten Hag. Dalot has also impressed on the international stages with Portugal.

The former FC Porto ace’s performances had piqued the interest of Barcelona, with reports suggesting that he fit the profile of the player that manager Xavi Hernandez was looking for.

What made Dalot an even more enticing prospect for the Blaugrana is that his contract with Manchester United runs out at the end of the season.

However, the deal comes with an option for the Red Devils to extend it unilaterally by another year. And Ten Hag has confirmed that they will be taking up the extension clause, handing a blow to Barça and their hopes of signing Dalot for cheap.

“Dalot is a good player. He has a contract with us and we will trigger a clause in the next few days to extend it until 2024. That decision has already been made,” the Manchester United manager said in a recent interview, as quoted by SPORT.

The report from SPORT indicates that Barcelona had already made contact with the environment of Dalot about a possible move and had received positive feedback.

However, with Manchester United now set to trigger the one-year extension clause, the Catalans will not be able to sign him for free in 2023. And the La Liga leaders do not think that the Red Devils will set a cheap asking price for their full-back either, making a move unlikely.

Instead, the report claims that the Premier League giants will look to tie down Dalot to a new and improved contract until 2027, which would all but put an end to Barcelona’s chances of signing the Portuguese international.

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