Juventus enter further negotiations with Man United for Matteo Darmian – report

by Leo Nieboer

Juventus are pushing hard to sign Matteo Darmian after seeing Manchester United reject an initial offer of a loan with option to buy, according to reports from Italy.

The Serie A champions made contact with Man United earlier this week over the availability of Darmian after it was confirmed that Dani Alves would leave over the summer.

Darmian, who arrived at Old Trafford in 2015, impressed during the latter stages of the 2016/17 campaign with stellar performances against Manchester City, Celta Vigo and most notably Ajax in the Europa League final.

And according to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato, Juventus are trying to put together another deal to sign Darmian after having an initial loan bid rejected.

The report also states that, while Jose Mourinho is determined to keep the full-back at Old Trafford, Man United could be willing to do business with the Old Lady on the basis of a loan with an obligation to buy, with Juventus having to cough up a sum ranging between €20-22m.

Darmian has lurked in the backwaters for the majority of his time at United, but you sense that, amid interest from several Serie A sides, he has a real chance to impose himself on the starting XI under Mourinho over the next couple of months with Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw both on the treatment table.

This is, no doubt, a tricky conundrum for the 27-year-old to wrestle with ahead of pre-season.

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