Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘blocks’ Diogo Dalot transfer to Dortmund from Man Utd

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to have blocked a loan enquiry from Borussia Dortmund for defender Diogo Dalot – but Aaron Wan-Bissaka remains his first-choice right-back.

The 22-year-old is said to have been ready to move to the Bundesliga on an initial loan that includes an option to buy, but that has fallen through with just hours remaining on Transfer Deadline Day.

The Portugal international spent last season on loan with AC Milan, making 33 appearances in all competitions having made 36 across five campaigns with the Red Devils.

While Wan-Bissaka is secure of his place in the regular starting XI, Dalot will provide some competition and could yet get game time during domestic cup and European competition.

The Sun report news of the scrapped talks, and say that a dilemma over needing a replacement has pushed Solskjaer and United away from the Dortmund option.

Dalot, who joined for £19m from Porto back in 2018, is yet to make a regular run of starts, and only made his first Premier League appearance as a sub back in February of 2018.

United are also said to be 'content' with their expenditure this summer having brought in Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and most recently club icon Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Solskjaer said of Dalot as he neared a return from Italy: "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."

With the Norwegian saying of potential further additions late last week: “Any manager, like Jose [Mourinho] said last week, is always looking for a little bit more.

“But I have to say that the transfer business that we’ve done this summer… I’m happy.

“I’m happy with the numbers we have, with the quality we have, with the personalities we’ve brought in. The atmosphere and spirit in the squad is really good. The staff with them, they fit each other really well."

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