Matteo Darmian has called Jose Mourinho and informed him of his desire to sign for Juventus, according to The Sun.
Juventus have been keen on signing a new right-back, and see Darmian as the perfect option to fill the role. Dani Alves is believed to have had his contract with the Italian club cancelled, and hence, the club is on the lookout for a replacement.
The Old Lady’s interest has been fondly received by the 27-year-old, and he is eager to make a move back to his home country. According to reports, the Italian sees the chance to start for a massive club like Juventus on a regular basis as an offer too good to turn down.
With the World Cup drawing ever closer, the full-back is eager to be involved in the tournament, and understands that he needs to prove his worth to stand a chance of being in the national side that travels to Russia next year.
Should the move go through, it is understood that the deal will be a season-long loan initially, with the option to make it permanent the following year for a fee of around £17.5 million, which would be a profit for United, who signed him for £5 million less from Torino back in 2015.
Torino and Juventus are city rivals, and hence, should Darmian make the move to the Bianconeri, it will not go down well with fans of his former club. This isn’t seen as much of an issue by the player though, who has stated his desire to join the Champions League finalists.
Darmian has enjoyed a mixed spell at Old Trafford. After initially impressing fans with his performances at right-back during the first few months under Louis van Gaal, he was forced to switch over to left-back after Luke Shaw’s gruesome double leg break.
From then on, his form deteriorated, and he was eventually dropped. Van Gaal’s sacking and Mourinho’s arrival didn’t change much for the Italian, as Antonio Valencia continued to impress and put up incredibly consistent displays in the position.
Despite having a decent amount of playing time last season – which included a start in the Europa League final – Darmian isn’t Mourinho’s first choice, and with reinforcements set to join the squad soon, his role would be reduced even further. As a result, he has decided to take up Juventus’s offer, and is set to leave Old Trafford this summer.
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