According to journalist Fabrizio Romana, Italian champions Juventus want to sign Manchester United fullback, Matteo Darmian as a replacement for Dani Alves. Although Jose Mourinho is not interested in selling the player this summer, it will be interesting to see whether Darmian pushes for the move. Darmian has not been a regular at United, even though he finished the season well with an excellent performance in the Europa League final. Also, he can return to Italy and probably be assured of winning at least a couple more league titles with Juventus.
Darmian is someone who can play at both right and left back and also if needed can fill in it at Center Back. Although he is not very good at going forward, he is quite dependable as a defensive full back. The Italian league is better suited for him with his lack of pace often showing up in the Premier League. With this being a World Cup season, Darmian will have extra motivation in ensuring that he starts as many matches as possible. At Manchester United, the right back position is locked down by Antonio Valencia. The left back place is up for grabs but Mourinho doesn’t seem impressed with either of Shaw, Blind or Darmian. So a move away from Old Trafford might be the best for Darmian even though Mourinho will like to have him in his squad.
Juventus who are known to drive a hard bargain in most of their deals will definitely not overpay for Darmian. Manchester United should ensure that they are in the driver’s seat during the negotiations. Over the past few years, Manchester United have been overpaying for most of their transfers. Also, they have let go of some players for way too cheaply especially the likes of Javier Hernandez and Michael Keane.