Manchester United are set to offload Italian international Matteo Darmian to Italian Serie A defending champions Juventus, according to the Daily Mail, The Sun and The Star.
Matteo Darmian arrived at Manchester United from Italian club Torino for a fee in the region of £12.7 million. The 28-year-old was expected to flourish at Old Trafford, after impressing against England at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but he’s failed to impress during his three-year spell.
He made 39 appearances during his debut season under Louis Van Gaal, but has experienced a reduction in playing time under Jose Mourinho. He was used sparingly by the former Chelsea manager last season, but has appeared just four times in the Premier League this season.
Juventus are currently searching for new defenders, with Giorgio Chiellini, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Andre Barzagli out of contract at the end of the season. Darmian would be more likely to receive first-team action in Turin, as summer signing Mattia De Sciglio has failed to impress during his debut campaign.
Mourinho is currently undecided on his strongest left-back, after toying between Luke Shaw and Ashley Young. Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo can also be deployed in the full-back role, and Valencia has cemented a regular role at right-back, which explains why his Manchester United future is in jeopardy.
The Red Devils have been linked with Real Sociedad right-back Alvaro Odriozola (Daily Mail), Leicester City defender Harry Maguire (Daily Mirror) and Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld (Independent) in their attempts to improve their defensive issues.
A return to familiar territory will suit and benefit Darmian, who has been unable to meet expectations in England. No other clubs are currently being linked with the 29-year-old, but Manchester United have named a price of £8.75 million, according to Talk Sport.
Darmian is clearly deemed unimportant by Mourinho, after making just two starts in the Premier League. The majority of eleven appearances this season have come in the UEFA Champions League (3), FA Cup (1) and League Cup (3). He’s got something to add to Juventus, but it’s clear he’s surplus to requirements at Manchester United, which suggests this move is more than likely to take place.