By 90Min
January 08, 2018

Juventus and Napoli are set to lock horns in the race to sign Porto wonderkid Diogo Dalot, according to reports in Italy.

The 18-year old, who starred for Portugal's Under-20 side during last summer's World Cup, is reported to have been watched by a pool of Serie A scouts during Porto B's 3-1 win over Benfica B at the weekend.

The full-back had an eventful game, scoring and creating a goal, before being sent off with just over ten minutes remaining.

It is understood that Dalot, who plays at right-back, has been interesting several teams around Europe in recent months, and was linked with a move to Barcelona and Real Madrid towards the end of last season.

Juve's interest will come as no surprise as the Old Lady look for a long-term replacement for current first choice Stephan Lichtsteiner, who turns 34 this month, while Napoli are looking to strengthen as they push towards a first Serie A title since 1990.

Dalot is seen as one of Portugal's brightest defensive prospects in recent years, with credit for his development attributed to the highly successful academy setup at Porto.

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The youngster is yet to break into the first-team setup at Porto, but has flourished at international youth level, winning the Under-17s European Championship title back in 2016 and establishing himself as first choice in the Under 20s setup this year.

The Dragões reportedly turned down an €10m offer from Barcelona last season, with reports suggesting the club are not willing to consider sanctioning a deal for anything lower than Dalot's rumoured €20m release clause.

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