Earlier today, SPORT broke the news that Barcelona had made Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot their top priority for the summer of 2023 to reinforce the right-back position.
The 23-year-old Portuguese international is in the final year of his contract with the Premier League heavyweights. However, they retain the option of extending the deal by another year to keep him at the club until 2024 and protect his transfer value.
Now, a fresh report from SPORT is claiming that Manchester United could demand a fee of €25 million to sell Dalot in the summer transfer window of next year.
The report states that the Red Devils intend to convince the right-back to prolong his stay at Old Trafford. But, in case that does not come to fruition, they would look to make some profit from his sale.
Manchester United invested around €22 million to sign him from FC Porto in the summer of 2018. The defender spent a year on loan at AC Milan before becoming a regular starter at Old Trafford since last year.
The Portuguese ace has featured ten times in all competitions in the ongoing season and has registered two assists in the process.
Barcelona had shown an interest in Dalot in the previous summer window as well. In fact, negotiations had been held between the two clubs over a direct swap deal involving him and Sergino Dest. However, the move did not materialise as Erik ten Hag was reluctant to let the Portugal international leave.
But given his contract situation and the strong interest from Barça, a sale could become a possibility next year. Dalot is valued at €28 million by Transfermarkt, but Barcelona will look to get the deal done for a lower fee, as per the report.
However, Manchester United will likely ask for at least €25 million for the 23-year-old if contract negotiations with him do not go according to plans.
Whether Barcelona would be willing to stump up such an amount will be the big question as they consider making a strong push for Dalot.