Juventus have confirmed Dani Alves will be leaving the Italian club this summer after only one season in Italy.
The reason this has any sort of relation to Manchester United is that Matteo Darmian is being touted as a potential replacement for Max Allegri following a week of rumours which suggested Juventus had made initial contact over a move for the Italian full-back.
As for Dani Alves, it takes him a step closer to being reunited with Pep Guardiola and joining Manchester City. Speaking about his departure, Juventus CEO Beppe said a resolution would be found even if Juventus didn’t want to let Dani Alves leave.
“It is not failure, motivation is important for a player,” Marotta told Tutto Juve.
“Dani Alves has made you want to try an alternative experience, we will make a consensual resolution, and we wish him every luck.
“Surely there is bitterness for what he said, but I confirm that there was no break.”
By the sounds of it, United and Jose Mourinho have no intention of selling Darmian this summer. He might have had a poor start to the season under Mourinho but as the season progressed he stepped up his performances and became one of our best players in the latter stages of the year.
United have no need to sell Darmian in a summer window where we have plenty of priorities elsewhere in the squad to sort without selling one of our most versatile defenders, and the feeling is that Mourinho will be holding onto the Italian but I suppose it depends how much Juventus want him. Every player has a price.
One thing is confirmed now though – Juventus need to replace arguably still the world’s best right-back in Dani Alves and that’s going to be no easy task.