Man United Fullback and Real Madrid Winger Snub Serie A

Diogo Dalot was linked with a Serie A return for the umpteenth transfer market window in a row, but he ultimately extended his contract with Manchester United. He has officially prolonged his deal until 2028. His previous one would have run out in 2024, potentially making him available this summer.

Milan were recently rumored to be keen on a reunion. The versatile fullback could have served as a deputy on both defensive flanks. Juventus and Roma also eyed the Portuguese international in previous years. He has a connection with José Mourinho.

On top of Dalot, the Serie A heavyweights are likely to miss out on Marco Asensio. The winger appears to have made up his mind about leaving Real Madrid on a Bosman move. According to SportMediaset, he’s in talks to join Aston Villa, which tendered a lucrative four-year contract. PSG barged into the race late, though.

Milan and Juventus reportedly chased after the attacker in the past. Jorge Mendes represents both players. However, his wage demands represent a big obstacle for the Italian sides. He already makes €7M per year and will likely earn more at this next stop.

Our Take on Dalot and Asensio

The fullback would have come in handy for a few sides, especially Juventus, regardless of whether they’ll keep Juan Cuadrado or not, but the chatter was merely leverage in his contract talks. Signing the Real Madrid outcast on a free was a mouth-watering proposition. However, very select players in the Peninsula reach those levels salary-wise, and the Bianconeri will probably tighten the belt.

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