Matteo Darmian‘s agent Tullio Tuttini has confirmed that he has held talks with Serie A clubs over a possible January move away from Manchester United.
The Italian has only made two Premier League starts under Jose Mourinho this season and recently attracted derision for a shambolic display at Bristol City.
He has been linked with a variety of Serie A clubs since the summer, with Roma the latest side said to be interested.
Tuttini has denied any contact with Roma but noted that discussions had commenced with other Serie A outfits as Darmian drifts further down the pecking order this season.
“I haven’t had any calls from Roma for the player,” he said.
“There has been contact with other Serie A teams, but not with the Giallorossi. For the moment the lad isn’t for sale.”
Jose Mourinho desperately needs to oversee an immense overhaul in the full-back position over the summer having spent the majority of this season using Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young – both ageing and wingers by trade – as his primary options in that area.
Luke Shaw‘s resurgence over December, during which he has made six appearances, has given Mourinho greater reason to offload Darmian to make way for crisper, more dynamic options on the flank.
The 28-year-old simply doesn’t have the physical clout and quality on the ball to serve as a sustainable option in that area, and he can expect to be moved on sooner rather than later along with Daley Blind, whose contract expires in the summer.