Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jose a Driving Force in Bringing Dalot to Old Trafford

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jose a Driving Force in Bringing Dalot to Old Trafford

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JOSE Mourinho played a crucial role in Diogo Dalot's decision to sign for United, according to sources close to the player.

The Portuguese youngster completed his whirlwind move from Porto last week and has signed a five-year contract at Old Trafford.

M.E.N. Sport understands 13 of Europe's top clubs were interested in Dalot and eight were willing to pay considerably more than his £17.5m release clause to sign him before it became active on June 30.

Mourinho, though, stepped in and the allure of playing for the former Porto manager proved too strong for Dalot after the two clubs agreed on a £19m transfer fee.

"It's Mourinho. He wanted Diogo to play for United - that's all the influence that is necessary when a great club and a great manager are both willing to sign him," a source close to the player told M. …

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