The way things are going, Matteo Darmian will finish the season at Manchester United.

The Italian defender was touted to be close to a return to Italy for the 210948th time in January, yet, once again, the Red Devils made life difficult for everyone involved by asking for far too much.

Juventus and Inter, the two apparent favourites, eventually dropped out, but the latter haven’t gone too far.

According to Calciomercato, the Serie A side, who brought in Cedric Soares from Southampton as a stop gap instead, are still holding ‘productive contacts’ with Darmian’s agent ahead of a possible summer transfer.

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Although Manchester United still haven’t officially triggered the one-year extension clause (that we can see at least) in order to avoid losing him on a free next summer, the Italian website claim the move has been made and Darmian is now contracted at Old Trafford until 2020.

If true, this means they’ll have two more opportunities to sell him for some money.

Inter are said to be rather keen on this deal for next season, as the 29-year-old would provide cover across the defence, even capable of playing centre-back if they so choose to field three players at the position in some games.