Good afternoon, Manchester United fanbase, this is your weekly reminder that Matteo Darmian does still exist and remains, for now, part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
He might not be featuring all that much in pre-season, but he’s there.
The arrival of Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer further emphasised the lack of faith the club have in the Italian, strongly hinting this could be the year the defender returns to his home country.
So far, however, he hasn’t even come close to that, but that isn’t stopping clubs in Italy having him on their list, like Juventus.
Corriere dello Sport explain that since Joao Cancelo isn’t a part of Maurizio Sarri’s plans (for some reason) and the Portuguese’s sale is going to happen at some point, a new right-back will be needed, which is where Darmian comes in.
Described as a ‘green card that can always be placed on the table of defensive reinforcements’, the idea of signing the 29-year-old is ‘being kept warm’, you know, just in case it’s needed.
This comes amid an article that Paul Pogba remains Juventus’ dream, which we all know, but that is even less interesting than Matteo Darmian’s future, which isn’t even all that fun in the first place.
With just one year left on his deal, this *has* to be the year he goes, right?
If not (and he leaves on a free next summer), well, the £16.2m spent on him in the first place will have really been wasted, won’t they?