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Juventus in talks with Matteo Darmian ahead of Manchester United exit this summer

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian is reportedly in talks with Juventus ahead of a summer departure from the Theatre of Dreams. The Italian came to United under former manager Louis van Gaal and despite being praised after his great start in the right-back position, which drew comparisons to Gary Neville, the former Torino defender has failed to live up to his expectations and sat on the sidelines for the majority of the past season with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young playing in the full-back positions at the club.

Sky Sports in Italy, with reports carried by Sky Sports in the UK, have claimed that Darmian’s agent has met with Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici with the aim to sign the player, although negotiations are currently ongoing. Despite Jose Mourinho giving Darmian chances during his spell as the United manager, it is clear that the 28-year-old has no future at the Theatre of Dreams, especially with the arrival of Diogo Dalot, who will be nurtured into the successor of Valencia in the future.

Darmian had a positive first season at United, making 28 appearances in the Premier League, also helping United to lift the Emirates FA Cup, just days before Van Gaal was sacked as the manager of the club. Under Mourinho, Darmian has been utilised on both full-back positions, unable to stake his claim to be a starter for the club. Last season, Darmian made a total of 17 appearances in all competitions, which shows the future is going to be bleak for him if he remains at the Old Trafford club.

The Italian will soon be entering the final year of his contract, which will expire in the summer of 2019, although United inserted a clause into the player’s contract which would enable them to extend his contract for a further year, which could be activated to ensure the player leaves for a competitive transfer fee either this summer, or next, if a move fails to materialise before the transfer window closes in August. Darmian has already spoken to Sky Sports in Italy, stating that he was happy Juventus were interested in him.

This suggests that the player knows that the door is well and truly open for him this summer, as long as United valuation of the player is met, which is currently reported to be in the region of €20 million – something that Juventus may not pay, especially with a move nearing closure for Portuguese full-back Joao Cancelo, who was once linked to United, despite no true interest in the player, and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Darmian may not be the only defender leaving the Old Trafford club this summer as Daley Blind could be heading to pastures new with Sky Sports already reporting that United were willing to listen to offers for the defensive duo. There could well be more players nearing an exit this summer with Mourinho tasked with clearing the dead wood in a bid to assemble a squad capable of taking on Manchester City in the quest to lift the Premier League title next season.

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