It was reported during the summer that Darmian was keen on a move away from Old Trafford, with various sides such as Torino, Inter Milan, Napoli and Torino all expressing an interest in the striker.
According to Sport Leggo, Inter Milan have made a €1m offer for a loan in January, and another €13m-€14m to make it permanent in the summer. United, in turn, are prepared to accept a figure of around €18m.
The combination of persistent rumours over the summer surrounding Darmian’s exit and reports of Mourinho’s interest in Monaco right-back Fabinho illustrate a clear dissonance between the manager and the Italian.
His initial impact at United – replete with imposing, assured performances from right back – sent shockwaves of optimism across Old Trafford, but a string of injury and confidence issues led to a long spell of anonymity under Louis van Gaal.
Mourinho’s arrival, I thought, would serve the depleted Italian well. He does, after all, have the makings of a commanding right-back: good on the ball, positionally astute, blessed with an excellent work rate, and capable of bursting forward. However, the two have clearly not seen eye to eye, and a move away from Manchester seems imminent.