With Matteo Darmian seemingly on his way out of the club in the summer, Ashley Young on the wrong side of 30 and Antonio Valencia being released, Manchester United aren’t left with a lot of options for the right-back role.

That’s why any story linking them with someone in that position is half believable these days, and one of the players they allegedly have in mind is Davide Calabria, according to Milan News.

Joined by Everton in their interest, the Red Devils came forward in January to ask about the 22-year-old, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself personally asking his board to see if they could buy him.

As for the Toffees, the details aren’t particularly plentiful, with the article merely stating they ‘asked for information’ during the last transfer window as Marco Silva seemingly wanted to strengthen a team that has conceded as many goals as it has scored in the Premier League this season (39).

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Gennaro Gattuso’s trust in the young defender has caught the attention of many clubs around Europe, and the Serie A side know they will have to renew his contract sooner rather than later if they don’t want to get caught out.

One of the lesser paid players in the squad despite signing a new deal in December 2017, Calabria is expected to be in line for a nice pay rise in the coming months as Milan want to keep him around for the future and ensure he stays put.

is this simply a case of Manchester United and Everton being used to get a player more money? Surely not? When has that ever happened before?