Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian’s future at Old Trafford remains uncertain and the fullback could be heading back to Italy in the summer transfer window.
The 28-year-old has started three Premier League games for the Red Devils this season, with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young being preferred by Jose Mourinho.
According to the Italian publication Tuttosport, Darmian has set his sights on returning to his homeland after spending three seasons in the Premier League. He is attracting interest from Juventus and the Serie A leaders are keen on acquiring his services.
The Italian international arrived at Old Trafford from Torino in 2015, signed by former United manager Louis van Gaal. Darmian has struggled to cement his place at United, since Jose Mourinho took charge at the club in 2016.
Earlier reports suggested the Portuguese tactician is ready to sanction Darmian and Daley Blind’s sale later in the summer. Mourinho insisted the two players are in his plans for next season, but will sanction their sale if the 20-time English champions receive the “right offer”.
“They are part of my plans. No [I’m not going to let them go]. I think when a player wants to go, if that’s the case and the right offers arrive in the club, we study that, because we always try to have the players happy,” Mourinho explained, as quoted by United’s official website.
“So if happiness means for them to leave, let’s see what happens, but they are in my plans. I don’t want to sell [them], I want to keep [them].”
Tuttosport take that as Mourinho agreeing to a sale, probably because it fits in with their stance, and they believe a transfer is 90% there. The Turin newspaper have long held confidence in Darmian to Juventus being a sure thing and that theme continues.