Three Serie A clubs remain keen to sign Matteo Darmian from Manchester United – report

by Harry Robinson

Matteo Darmian remains of great interest to a number of Serie A clubs having failed to secure a move back to Italy in the summer.

The full-back has been played infrequently by Jose Mourinho since the Portuguese replaced Louis van Gaal, the man who brought Darmian to Man United in 2014 from Torino.

However, United were insistent that they regain the amount of money they paid for Darmian and so rejected a number of approaches for the Italian in the summer.

Gazzetta dello Sport, one of Italy’s highest-profile newspapers, claims that Darmian is still a target for Napoli, Inter Milan and Juventus.

Napoli, managed by Carlo Ancelotti, and Inter Milan are both said to be “following him closely” at United. He’s only played once for the Reds this season, in the club’s opening fixture of the Premier League season against Leicester City when a few key players were still yet to return from international duty at the World Cup.

Juventus, though, are described as “omnipresent”. Massimiliano Allegri was said to be keen to bring in Darmian in the summer and he was rumoured to be set to undergo a medical at one point.

Having failed to get enough for Darmian in the summer, United are even less likely to do that in January or next summer given he is of so little importance to Mourinho’s side and has played only one game. There’s no reason for a club to pay more than they were willing to last summer.

Haggling over a couple of million now looks ridiculous, especially given Darmian’s wages could be spent elsewhere.

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