Man Utd chief Ed Woodward makes decision on transfer clause for £20.3m player

Manchester United have rejected Lille’s offer of a big sell-on clause in exchange for a cheaper fee for Diogo Dalot, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles. Dalot reportedly wants to leave United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear he was not in his plans going forward. Castles says United want €22million (£20.3m) for the 21-year-old full-back, who made just 11 appearances in all competitions last season.

Lille are one of a number of clubs said to be interested in signing Dalot.

However, Castles says the Ligue 1 side are not prepared to match United’s asking price for the Portugal under-21 star.

Lille proposed a big sell-on percentage to United for Dalot’s next move in the hope they could pay a smaller fee for the player instead.

However, United have turned down the offer while continuing to be in the market for a full-back themselves.

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“What Manchester United are asking for in this market, and they’ve had enquiries from clubs such as Lille to take the player which should be a sign of Dalot’s qualities because Lille are excellent recruiters,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.

“They have a habit of picking up young talents who have gone off the rails or been sent off the rails at the clubs they’re at and turning them into top players.

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“I’m told that when Lille enquired for the player, Manchester United told them we will sell them but only for the money we bought him for, which is €22m, which is I think completely unrealistic in the current market, given how little football he’s played and given his status at Manchester United.

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“I understand Lille were prepared to take the player and leave United with a big sell-on on his next transfer, so offering a carrot of ‘we can’t offer €22m but if you set up a deal where you retain a percentage of his sell-on, you will get your money back down the line’ if all goes well with his time in France. But United rejected that.

“Let’s see what happens over the next few weeks because they have a player who wants to leave and they have an unrealistic asking price and they have the intent to buy another full-back, so if he comes in then Dalot will be even more surplus to requirements than he has been and he will be a problem for Solskjaer to handle.”

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