Benfica open talks with Manchester United for Matteo Darmian – report

by Alex Turk

Matteo Darmian has already confirmed his desire to leave Manchester United this summer and Jose Mourinho is more than willing to let him go.

There have been a number of suitors over the course of the transfer window, primarily from Serie A, but none have managed to match Man United’s £18m valuation.

It now seems like there is a new club interested in the 29-year-old’s services with less than a month of the overseas transfer window remaining.

The Mirror report that Benfica have started negotiations with United for Darmian and both clubs agree that a permanent move would be preferred over a loan spell.

The Italy international is thought to have his heart set on a return to his homeland though – amid interest from Juventus, Napoli and both Milan outfits – after Benfica’s failed attempt to lure him to Portugal back in January.

However, Darmian is expected to be happy to move to Benfica if his £70,000-per-week wages are met and it could be a likely destination for him.

Mourinho’s decision to sign Porto right-back Diogo Dalot as competition for Antonio Valencia back in June all-but ended the chances of Darmian being in the United manager’s plans for the 2018-19 season and his career at Old Trafford could be coming to a close very soon.

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