According to Corriere dello Sport, Juventus have agreed a deal with Manchester United for defender Matteo Darmian. The 28-year-old has struggled with a lack of playing time this season and has been seeking greener pastures elsewhere as a result.
Darmian joined United from Torino in 2015 and has made 80 appearances in all competitions. However, the Italian international, has been left out of the first-team for most of this season, making just two Premier League starts as Antonio Valencia has been first choice at right-back.
Ashley Young has played the role on occasion, but United don’t have a viable replacement for Valencia at right-back which makes Darmian’s lack of playing time even more surprising. The ex-Palermo defender has struggled for form in the last two-and-a-half years but Juventus haven’t been put off.
Reports from Italy state a five-year deal might be in the offing for Darmian, although it’s unknown if United will consider signing a player in his stead. With Valencia turning 33 in August, Jose Mourinho will need two right-backs to compete for the role in the near future.
Darmian failed to nail down a starting place in Manchester and he’ll be hoping a move to Serie A champions Juventus could see him turn his career around. The Sun says AS Roma, Napoli and Valencia were all keen but have lost out on the Italian.