Inter Milan submit loan offer for Matteo Darmian

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian is likely for a summer exit from the Theatre of Dreams this summer. The Italian, who arrived at the Old Trafford club in the summer of 2015 has fallen out of contention over the past few years, playing his fewest matches for the club last season. Juventus were said to be keen on the player but with speculation suggesting Alex Sandro will remain in Turin, they may not need to sign Darmian.

Inter Milan have been credited with an interest in the 28-year-old this summer but it would be a loan move, rather than a permanent one with an option to buy the player in a year’s time, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio. It may well be the best offer for United to offload the player from their books, receiving something in return, rather than seeing the player leave on a free next summer.

United will obviously be seeking a permanent move for the player this summer or at least insert an obligation to buy, rather than an option, which could see the Old Trafford club lose money on the Italian. Darmian started well for United on signing for the club, putting in some good defensive performances which saw him compared to Gary Neville. That bubble burst soon after.

Since Jose Mourinho took over as the manager of the club, Darmian has played a bit-part role at the club, seldom playing in his favoured right-back position but filling the left-back role on occasion, also taking over from Antonio Valencia when he has been rested throughout the past season. During the clubs pre-season tour of the Unites States of America, Darmian has played in every game, covering for the injured Valencia.

United may need to keep hold of Darmian for the start of the season with a whole host of players missing heading into the news season but with Valencia returning to Manchester for treatment on a calf injury, it looks increasingly likely that Darmian could start the season as United’s right-back with Diogo Dalot recovering from injury and not yet playing a part for his new club.

Things could change rapidly though. United will not be in a rush to sell or even loan the player this summer as there will be two transfer deadline days this summer. United will need to ensure purchases are completed before the window closes on the 9 August, a day before their first Premier League match against Leicester City but they can still sell players, to foreign clubs until the 31 August.

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