Manchester United right back Matteo Darmian is close to returning to his native Italy with Juventus, Inter Milan and Napoli all monitoring the 28-year-old, as reported by Sky Sports.
Darmian, who was signed by Manchester United in July 2015, has failed to nail down a spot in the first team under Jose Mourinho, with the Italian making just 17 appearances last term.
Sky Sports have reported in Italy that Darmian’s agent met with Juventus director, Fabio Paratici, with the Turin club being one of the favourites to land his signature.
The Italian defender made a satisfactory start to his career at Old Trafford during the 2015-16 under manager then, Louis van Gaal, making 28 appearances in the league and scoring once, meanwhile, establishing himself as the first choice right-back.
However, with the sacking of Van Gaal, arrival of Jose Mourinho and emergence of converted right-back, Antonio Valencia, Darmian found himself down the pecking order.
It is now very unlikely that Darmian will have his contract extended beyond the current deal which takes his time at Old Trafford to the summer of 2019.
Another factor which could put a big dent in Darmian’s future at United is the recent signing of 19-year-old Portuguese full-back, Diogo Dalot from Porto. Dalot was brought in to be a potential long-term replacement for Antonio Valencia in the right back position.
Darmian has also made a number of appearances for United at left-back. However, this has never been the Italian’s natural position and he has been kept out of the side by Ashley Young.
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