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Matteo Darmian increasingly likely to sign for Juventus with talks ‘progressing well’

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian could find himself returning to Italy this summer after his agent, Tullio Tinti confirmed that he had met Juventus to discuss personal terms for the 28-year-old. It has been suggested that the Italian international would be allowed to leave the Old Trafford club this summer after not finding himself as part of Jose Mourinho’s plans for the new season. Darmian saw Antonio Valencia become the first choice right-back last season and has seen 19-year-old Diogo Dalot sign for the club this summer.

Darmian arrived in the summer of 2015 under the management of Louis van Gaal and at first, seemed like a great signing, being compared to former United captain Gary Neville. However, that praise soon stopped as Darmian began to lose his magic, seeing himself play as a left-back and not being able to cement a place in the squad, under both Van Gaal and Mourinho. Last season, Darmian did not play as much football as he would have envisaged.

Darmian travelled on United pre-season tour of the United States of America last weekend and could be set to make a final appearance for his club on that tour, with United taking on Mexican side Club America in Phoenix in the early hours of Friday morning (in the United Kingdom). United also face San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday evening (UK time) before partaking in the International Champions Cup where they will face AC Milan, Liverpool, and Real Madrid. Juventus will play in the USA this summer, so a move could take place with both teams out there.

Darmian’s agent, Tullio Tinti has reportedly met Juventus sporting director, Fabio Paratici in Milan, holding two meetings in a week with Tinti suggesting that talks were ‘progressing very well’ over the possibility of a summer transfer for the player. United are said to be asking for £17 million for Darmian, with Juventus seeking to negotiate for the player, seemingly not willing to pay that much for him. United have already sold Sam Johnstone to West Bromwich Albion for £6.5 million and Daley Blind to Ajax for £14.1 million this summer.

It seems increasingly likely that Darmian will not be at the Old Trafford club when the Premier League season starts. With Valencia playing on the right and Ashley Young or Luke Shaw on the left, plus the fact that Dalot has been signed to take the reins from the Ecuadorian, the chance that Darmian plays much football, or even any in the new season would seem unlikely. It is a shame it did not work out for him at United, taking into consideration his start at the Old Trafford club but nothing always works forever.

The management change at the club from Van Gaal to Mourinho would not have helped him much with Mourinho initially giving players a chance in his first season, then picking the weaker players from his squad in the second season, seemingly getting rid of some of the deadwood in his third summer transfer window. Supporters would like to see more outgoings this summer, along with a number of new additions and the lack of anything happening has brought frustration which is in effect unnecessary, from a supporters point of view.

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