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Now that we’ve got your undivided attention, we’d like to remind you that Matteo Darmian still exists and there are still some clubs interested in the Manchester United defender.
Forgotten when actual football takes place, the Italian full-back becomes relevant again around the transfer period, as clubs around Serie A become interested in his services.
Unfortunately for Darmian, over the past year and a half, his countrymen have treated him like a museum exhibit, strictly abiding by the look but don’t touch rule, much to the player’s frustration.
However, Il Messaggero on Wednesday seem to suggest that Lazio, in need of a right-back, could be feeling especially handsy in January.
With his contract running out in 2019 (even if Manchester United have an option to extend it by a year), Darmian is seen as a ‘great opportunity’ for Simone Inzaghi’s side, as he thrives in a 3-5-2 formation, which is what Lazio have been employing of late.
Il Messaggero explain a deal isn’t as ‘unreachable’ as one might think, as the defender isn’t happy with his situation at Old Trafford (shock) and wants a return to Italy (double shock).
Furthermore, they explain that while his agent, Tullio Tinti, is known to have a ‘stormy’ past with Lazio owner Claudio Lotito, he also happens to be that of Simone Inzaghi, which could facilitate things exponentially.