Several reports coming out of the Italian media had suggested that Matteo Darmian of Manchester United is close to joining Juventus in the winter market.

Tuttosport, for one, reported on Monday the fullback’s return to Italy is likely to be completed after the Turin club find a solution for Leonardo Spinazzola.

The 29-year-old’s contract at Old Trafford will expire at the end of the season, but the Red Devils have the option to further extend it by a year.

If a report from Tutto Mercato Web is to be believed, the deal is not close to being completed as the 20-time English champions have rejected the Serie A winners’ proposal for Darmian.

The Old Lady had offered to take Darmian on loan for a fee of €2m and an option to sign him for €8m after the end of the season.

TMW reports the Premier League outfit are demanding €4m in loan fee and want to make the obligation to sign the player mandatory rather than giving an option to Juventus.

It was never going to be simple.