Is Jose Mourinho looking to offload Matteo Darmian?

Matteo Darmian

Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing Matteo Darmian with Jose Mourinho willing to approve of a transfer seeing the Italian full-back leave Manchester United just a single season after signing at Old Trafford. The Daily Star believe that Barcelona’s director Ariedo Braida is in negotiations with United in an attempt to seal a £16million move to the Nou Camp for the 26-year-old.

If the deal was to go through for the reported fee, the Red Devils would gain a £3.3million profit since they signed the defender from Torino for a price-tag of what was believed to be £12.7million. Darmian, who was signed to replace fan favourite Rafael who moved to the French side Lyon, joined with a lot of hype surrounding him after the initial panic from United fans when the club opted not to go for Liverpool’s Nathanial Clyne before his move from Southampton.

The Italian right back was and still is highly rated by many in Italy and began life at United very well, with consistently good performances straight off the bat. That was until a dip in form occurred after he struggled to handle the brilliance of Alexis Sanchez in United’s 3-0 thrashing at The Emirates. From then onward’s Darmian had quite an up and down season struggling to find any real consistency and having that occasional defensive error within his play, although the defenders versatility was something that was key. The Italian man can also play on the left-hand side of the defence, something that many full-backs strangely struggle to do (having the ability to play on the opposite side of their natural position), so with the absence of Luke Shaw due to his unfortunate injury it was extremely important that the Italian could do such a thing, especially when Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was also out injured.

From the full-back position, Darmian picked up one goal and one assist this season with the goal coming in fine fashion with what was a wonderfully well-struck volley that rattled in off the post in United’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Barclay’s Premier League at Old Trafford, coincidentally his only assist of the season came too in that game after a tricky ball into the box came off Palace defenders Damien Delaney’s foot and into his own net.

Personally, I would like to see Darmian stay at Old Trafford as I feel he could be a very useful player due to the fact he can play full back on both flanks and he also has experience of filling in at centre-back, should he be needed too. In many players cases they have a strange season in their first season at a new club and then kick on from then onward’s, Darmian too has seemingly committed his future to Old Trafford by signalling his intentions to see out the remainder of his contract at least, in Manchester. However, he also added that he has not heard from Mourinho despite some United players claiming they have received a text from the Portugal-born manager which could perhaps back reports that he is not too keen on the defender.

“Today I am a United player, I have a contract and I think I will continue next season. But I have not heard from Mourinho.”

If I could be promised to see a more than capable replacement for Darmian I may well be open to letting the Italian leave, due to him not having the best of first seasons despite initially wanting him to stay. Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta and AS Monaco’s Fabinho are just two of the names that Mourinho is reportedly looking at to replace the right full-back.

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