Just over a week ago we covered a claim from Gazzetta dello Sport that Manchester United have been ready to offer Matteo Darmian a new four year contract.

That was met with shock by fans of the Premier League club, but it seemed a strange thing for Gazzetta to pluck from thin air.

It could have possibly been an attempt from the Italian newspaper to improve the perception of his return, perhaps encouraged by information from the player’s representatives who may also want the same.

A further possibility is that Manchester United have indeed spoken about a renewal, in an effort to make it clear they won’t let him go for a token fee.

Gazzetta speak about the player again on Saturday, as they’re covering Inter Milan interest in Manchester City’s Danilo. Darmian is presented as a major option for the Serie A club, but Manchester United are said to want €12m.

It’s believed Inter could get him for €10m, and these figures are higher than some which have gone previously, suggesting the Old Trafford stance, if that’s what it is, may work.