News: Utd’s £17.5 million-rated defender could leave Old Trafford

Matteo Darmian could leave Manchester United this summer after Inter Milan and Juventus expressed interest in signing him.

The Italian right-back is not Jose Mourinho’s first choice for the position as he prefers Antonio Valencia and the only reason the Portuguese manager gave Darmian chance last season is because of injuries of left-backs. Matteo was deployed as a left-back but made only 18 Premier League appearances. Still, Mourinho doesn’t want to sell him unless the player asks to leave.

Juventus are searching for a new right-back following Dani Alves’ departure for Paris Saint-Germain, and it seems that the Italian international fit the bill for the Old Lady. It is reported that the potential move could be on loans, with an option of a permanent transfer for £17.5 million. However, Inter Milan are also in the mix for the former Torino man and could ask for Darmian as a part of Ivan Perisic’s deal to United.

The 27-year-old defender needs more playing time in order to secure a place in the Italian national team for the upcoming World Cup in 2018. With the latest speculation on possible Serge Aurier’s arrival to Old Trafford, Darmian may opt out and return to his homeland is on the cards. Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio said that Manchester United are determined to offload Darmian only two years after he joined the Red Devils when Louis van Gaal paid £12.5 million to get him from Torino.

Matteo Darmian began his career at Milan but only played six matches for them before moved to Padova, Palermo, and then to Torino. He appeared in 150 games for the Maroons from 2011 to 2015 prior to his transfer to Manchester United. Darmian also recorded 30 caps for the Italian national team.

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