- Defender has struggled for playing time this season
- Contract expires in less than 18 months
- AS Roma, Juventus, AC Milan and Valencia interested
- Manchester United won’t sell in January
Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian has an uncertain future. The 28-year-old has been on the periphery this season and could return to the Serie A, amid interest from AS Roma and Juventus.
Darmian, who boasts 36 caps for the Italian national team, joined United from Torino in 2015 and has gone on to make more than 80 appearances in all competitions.
However, he’s been afforded less than 200 Premier League minutes this season, spending the majority of the campaign as an unused substitute or out of the match squad entirely, so he’d likely be open to a move away from Old Trafford.
Calciomercato say Juventus are keen on Darmian as a replacement for Stephan Lichtsteiner who won’t be offered a new deal. Roma are also interested in the Italian international as they need cover in defence following an injury to Rick Karsdorp coupled with Bruno Peres being linked with a move away this month.
The Independent even named AC Milan and Spanish La Liga side Valencia as potential suitors.
The aforementioned quartet stand a chance of landing his signature too, with Darmian having fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho, but his agent Tullio Tinti says the Red Devils have no intention of agreeing a departure this month.
He told Rete Sport: “I have never received calls from Rome for the player. There are contacts with other Serie A teams, but not with the Giallorossi. For the moment the boy is not for sale”.
United could struggle to bring in adequate defensive cover with just days remaining of the January transfer window, which might be why they want to keep Darmian until the end of the season.
The 28-year-old is a useful squad player too, capable of operating on the left and right side of defence, so he can provide cover for the likes of Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia.
Roma and Juventus might have to wait until the summer to sign him. Darmian has less than 18 months on his deal and looks unlikely to extend his stay given this season’s inactivity so movement could be made in at the end of the campaign.