Manchester United’s season ended without a trophy and Jose Mourinho is not wasting any time to ensure his side closes the 19-point gap that separated it from Premier League champions Manchester City.
According to multiple reports, United will make Porto starlet Diogo Dalot its first signing of the summer. The 20-time champions of England have reportedly agreed to activate the $23.1 million clause in the right-back’s contract.
The 19-year-old, who only broke into the Porto first team this season, has allegedly already agreed personal terms with United and the transfer should be completed within the next few days and his arrival will in all likelihood see Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind leave the club during the transfer window.
Dalot will not be the only new face at Old Trafford this summer and the Telegraph suggests United is closing in on a deal to sign Brazil international Fred from Ukrainian club Shakthar Donetsk for $58.4 million and remain keen to bring Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld to Manchester.
United is also keeping an eye on Gareth Bale, whose agent is due to hold official talks with Real Madridin the coming days. According to Spanish newspaper AS, United is considering a bid in the region of $159 million for the Champions League hero. However, Mourinho could have to fight off competition from Spurs, who the Independent suggests might make an “audacious” attempt to bring the Welshman back to north London.
While Tottenham can’t match United’s financial power, Bale is said to be "open to a return and willing to make compromises on financial demands."
According to the Daily Mirror, meanwhile, Spurs are also keeping tabs on Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, as a possible understudy for Hugo Lloris.
A winger who will certainly move to Manchester is Riyad Mahrez, who is set to swap Leicester City for the newly-crowned champions of England. The Express believes the Algerian will complete his move to Manchester City for around $100 million by the end of the week.
In Manchester, Mahrez will play alongside Phil Foden, with the Telegraph reporting City will not send the teenage midfielder out on loan next season.