United Defender ‘Agrees’ To Join Champions League Giants

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Matteo Darmian has agreed to a summer move to Serie A Champions Juventus, as per reports in Italy.

Darmian has swiftly fallen down the ranks at Old Trafford, having accumulated just 13 appearances across all competitions for the Red Devils this season.

The Italy international, who was brought in by former United boss Louis van Gaal, has struggled to cement his spot in the starting XI since Jose Mourinho took over in 2016.

And now, as per the report from TalkSport (via Italian outlet Calciomercato), the ex-Torino defender has finally decided to return to his homeland by agreeing to a move to Juventus at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

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It was claimed that due to the ‘lack of first-team opportunities’ at Old Trafford, the 28-year-old is now set to move back to the Serie A.

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Moreover, United are also keen to cash-in on the full-back, but Juve are reportedly ‘taking their time with the negotiations’.

The Bianconeri haven’t yet officially made a bid for the defender, and are said to be exploring all of their options before they make any formal decision.

Meanwhile, former Newcastle United goalkeeper, Shaka Hislop, has claimed that Darmian’s move back to Italy’s top flight would ‘make sense’.

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Hislop said: “This move makes sense to me. One, because he has not featured for United for quite some time. Two, you look at Juventus who have called on Lichtsteiner who you expect to be coming to the end of his time at Turin.

“Mattia de Sciglio has also played that right-back slot, as Barzagli has done. And as much as you say Darmian has not featured that much, you look at how Juventus got so much out the likes of Juan Cuadrado and Sami Khedira who did not feature that much. I think Juventus can do that with Darmian.”

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