According to The Times, Manchester United defenders Daley Blind and Mateo Darmian will leave the club this summer, after manager Jose Mourinho told the duo they’re both surplus to requirements. The defenders, both 28, will be put up for sale at the end of the season and won’t be in the manager’s plans for 2018/19.
Blind said only weeks ago that Manchester United were keen to keep him at Old Trafford, but it appears his future lies elsewhere after becoming a bit-part player this season. The Dutch international joined United from Ajax in 2014 and has gone on to make 140 appearances in all competitions.
This season, however, Blind has managed just three Premier League starts. He’s been given minutes only when the first-team are being given a rest in the Champions League group stages or domestic cups. It’s been a similar story for Darmian, with the Italian international also racking up a paltry three league starts in 2017/18.
He joined the club from Torino a year after Blind and become quickly out-of-favour in the defence. The Sun say the defensive pair would be valued at £15m each, so United could recoup £30m if they’re both sold this summer. Their exits are likely to see replacements come in to strengthen the backline, but United aren’t any closer to deciding who.