Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning to assess Diogo Dalot at close quarters before making a decision on the full-back’s Manchester United future this summer.
The 21-year-old has been impressing on loan at AC Milan and even came on against United in the Europa League last-16 second leg tie earlier this month.
The loan spell was always designed to give Dalot the chance at regular first-team action after bad luck with injuries, though his situation at Old Trafford remains uncertain.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has seemingly cemented his spot as United’s first-choice right-back since his £50million move in 2018, but Solskjaer is keen to give Dalot an opportunity to stake his claim.
As reports Italian publication Calciomercato, Dalot is set to return to United at the end of this season and will be involved in the whole of their pre-season training camp under the watchful gaze of his manager.
Solskjaer is open to Dalot staying at the club but knows he could also raise significant funds if he chooses to offload the versatile Portuguese international.
But he will not make a final call until the end of United’s pre-season schedule in order to make an informed decision on whether to keep hold of Dalot or move him on.
Milan would be interested in a permanent deal, with the Rossoneri’s manager Stefano Pioli recently praising Dalot’s contribution to the team and claiming he would become “a complete player”.
Yet Solskjaer’s insistence on delaying his decision until closer to the transfer deadline has forced Milan to make contingency plans in the event they need to find an alternative option, with Torino’s Wilfred Singo among their targets.
When discussing Dalot’s role going forward, Solskjaer told a press conference ahead of the recent San Siro clash: “The plan was always for Diogo this season, or the main thing for Diogo, was to be fit.
“He never managed to be fit for a long spell when he was here and was unfortunate with injuries.
“Now he’s kept fit all season; he’s been available for them. He’s playing at a big club, big expectations and a great history, so it’s been a good year for him.
“So, of course, I’ve been very pleased with his development this season. He’s our player and we’re looking forward to having him back.”