Man Utd pushed to agree £11.5m deal with Juventus for 28-year-old

According to Tuttojuve, Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian is pushing the club to agree a £11.5m deal with Juventus so he can make the switch to Turin this summer.

The Old Lady reportedly want Darmian to replace Stephan Lichtsteiner who recently joined Arsenal on a free transfer, but United are requesting £17.7m for his signature.

Darmian joined United from Torino in 2015 and was a regular under former manager Louis van Gaal. The 28-year-old made 39 appearances in his debut season before Mourinho came to Old Trafford in 2016.

Since then, the Italian international has been on the periphery and hardly featured at all last season – five Premier League starts in 2017/18.

Antonio Valencia was United’s first-choice at right-back and is expected to keep his place in the defence next season. And with the Red Devils recently signing FC Porto right-back Diego Dalot, it’s clear Darmian doesn’t have a future at the club.

So, when Juventus came knocking, the fullback was understandably keen to return to Italy to join a top side, but the deal is being held up due to the asking price. United want £6m more than the Old Lady are offering for the 28-year-old outcast which could lead Juve to look elsewhere.

Darmian only has 12 months left on his deal at Old Trafford, so he could leave for nothing in 2019 if United fail to cash in on him this summer.

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