According to the extremely reliable English news outlet Sky Sports, Serie A clubs Napoli and Roma are interested in bringing Manchester United fullback Matteo Darmian back to the Serie A.
The Italian had a promising start to his United career, but injuries and position changes affected his game, and he gradually began fading.
Darmian began his career with Serie A giants AC Milan, making his Serie A debut at age 17. In 2009, he joined Padova, whom he helped avoid relegation from Serie B in his only season there.
He then returned to the Serie A with Palermo, and one year later, signed for Torino, where he played for four seasons.
On 11 July, 2015, Darmian joined English giants Manchester United for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £12.7 million.
The 26-year-old recently stated his intention to fight for his place at United, but failed to earn a spot in the match-day squad for either the FA Community Shield win over 2015-16 Premier League champions Leicester City, or Sunday’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth in Manchester United’s Premier League opener.
Darmian has fallen down the pecking order, with Ecuadorian international Antonio Valencia being José Mourinho’s first choice right-back.
Moreover, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 18, who can also play at right-back, is reportedly in negotiations with United for a contract extension, after breaking into the first team in the second half of the previous season.
The Dutchman was signed from Ajax by the previous Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal. He made ten appearances for the first team since making his debut as a substitute in the 3-2 win over Arsenal.
Fosu-Mensah’s presence may affect Darmian’s future at the Old Trafford club, as José Mourinho has already stated his desire to have a 23 man squad, and it is unlikely that he would want 3 players at the right-back position.