By Dave Marshall
Manchester United are ready to sanction the sale of Matteo Darmian and will encourage interest from clubs that want to sign the right-back, claims the report from Daily Star.
The arrival of Portuguese teenager Diogo Dalot means the Italian has been pushed further down the pecking order and with his contract expiring at the end of next season, United want to cash in.
The defender has not been the player United thought he would be after his arrival from Torino back in 2015 and is reportedly open to returning to Italy.
He has been linked to a loan move to Inter Milan, though United would prefer to sell him on a permanent basis or with an obligation to buy after a loan spell.
Juventus were ready to bring him back to Turin, but the arrival of Joao Cancelo from Inter means that they have cooled their interest. Inter though want Darmian to replace Cancelo at San Siro; United want a straight cash deal and are requesting £17m for his services, though he cost us about £13m.
Jose Mourinho doesn’t appear to rate the Italy international, given that he started just five league matches last term. Darmian has never established himself as a regular at Old Trafford and his lack of pace is an issue, considering how much we need width from our full-backs, with wide forwards that cut inside.
His stock doesn’t seem to have dropped in his homeland, so he could get his chance to resurrect his career. For a player we bought £13m three years, getting £17m for him with just a year left on his contract would certainly be good business.