Manchester United ‘in final stages’ of agreeing contract with star man

The Red Devils have reached an agreement.

Manchester United are in the ‘final stages’ of agreeing a new contract with star defender Diogo Dalot as they look to ward off interest from Barcelona and Italian clubs this summer.

Dalot has become a key man for Erik ten Hag since he took over, the 24-year-old appearing 25 times in the Premier League this season in a campaign that looks set to end with a place back in the Champions League for next season.

However, he is out of contract in 2024 as things stand, and reports have suggested previously that he is catching the eye of Barcelona, who themselves are on the hunt for new fullbacks with the departures of Hector Bellerin and Jordi Alba in the last six months.

Despite this, it seems that Dalot won’t be going anywhere, with the versatile defender in ‘the final stages’ of signing a new long term contract at Old Trafford, and the only issues now being a ‘matter of final details’.

He follows fellow defender Luke Shaw in penning a new contract, and United will be hoping that their business this summer and their success this season can convince Marcus Rashford to do the same, with the Englishman currently set to be a free agent next summer.

Despite a potentially impending takeover, United are expected to spend heavily this summer, with Harry Kane their top target as they look to bolster their attacking ranks.

Meanwhile, Ten Hag’s side are also working on deals to sign England teammates Mason Mount and Declan Rice, though they will face competition from Arsenal for both players and the pair combined will set any club back over £150m

Should the budget allow, they could also look for a right-back, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka having impressed but still too limited to succeed in a title-challenging side.

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