With Emerson Palmieri all but on his way to Chelsea, AS Roma have decided to focus all of their attention on signing Matteo Darmian from Manchester United.

This is what Il Messaggero are reporting on Tuesday in their daily newspaper, explaining that Monchi has ‘multiplied’ contacts with the defender’s agent, as he tries to convince the player to return to Italy rather than go to Valencia, who recently called for his services.

As has been explained many times, Darmian is seen as the ideal man to help Roma during the second half of the season with his versatility, and Manchester United might let him leave, but only on certain conditions.

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Il Messaggero state the Red Devils would be willing to accept a loan with a view to buy at €12-15m come the end of the season, an offer the Italian side haven’t made, but have suggested.

The Serie A outfit should, if everything goes through, be the recipients of at least €50m for the double deal sending Emerson Palmieri and Edin Dzeko to Stamford Bridge.

Some of that money will go towards meeting FFP regulations, but there should be enough surplus to accommodate some signings at the end of the season, like Darmian, who wouldn’t be against an Old Trafford exit.