Diogo Dalot has seen his chances of leaving Manchester United fade after the terms of his proposed January exit became a sticking point, according to reports.
Dalot returned to Man Utd in the summer following a loan spell with AC Milan. He built up plenty of experience in Italy after injury issues had forced him to be patient during his first two seasons in the Premier League.
But despite showing what he could do in Serie A, the full-back has faced further problems since his return to Old Trafford. He is currently behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the pecking order at right-back.
Dalot has not yet started a Premier League game this season. Consequently, he has been linked away from the club again. The man who took him to Manchester in the first place, Jose Mourinho, wants to reunite with him at Roma.
The move would allow Dalot to return to Italy, where he made a good impression last season. It would also fix a key issue for Mourinho in the squad he inherited over the summer.
There has thus been growing optimism in Italy that a deal can be done that will suit all parties. However, doubts have now begun to emerge.
According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, the Red Devils and Roma are not on the same page over Dalot. The Serie A side want to take him on loan with the option, rather than obligation to buy. They are also not enthusiastic about meeting his €15m asking price.
Tuttomercatoweb have indicated something similar. They also deny United would let Dalot go out on loan. But the report does hint that could change if they can sign someone like Kieran Trippier as a replacement.
Trippier was a target for Man Utd over the summer after winning La Liga with Atletico Madrid. He remains on their radar but it all depends on the dominoes that would fall if Dalot leaves.
It remains to be seen whether Roma will agree to United’s requests for an obligatory purchase clause in any loan for Dalot.
The two clubs, of course, have history when it comes to difficult negotiations. They wrestled over the future of Chris Smalling after his successful loan spell in Rome in the 2019-20 season, taking things down to the wire to agree a permanent deal.
Now they may have to find another…