Matteo Darmian may not have played as much as he would have liked at Manchester United, but manager Jose Mourinho has made it very clear that the Italian is still very much in his plans moving forward towards next season.
Most would struggle to see how Darmian could make the starting eleven in the majority of United games, however, considering the sheer quantity of top defenders at the club, and the possibility of more incoming in the transfer window.
Perhaps it is this stubbornness of Mourinho that is making United demand a fee of €25m for the player, if reports from Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport are to be believed.
Darmian has been heavily linked with a move to Juventus, who were willing to lure the player back to his home country. But they are reportedly unwilling to pay beyond €15m to sign the player who hasn’t impressed too much during his time at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are currently on a mission to have a squad overhaul of sorts, with the aim of winning trophies next season – a feat that the Red Devils could not achieve in all of last season.
Mourinho has already secured the signing of Diogo Dalot from Porto as well as Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for a considerable amount, and is still in the market to find some more players suited to his style of play.
This transfer inquest by the Portuguese manager means that a number of players currently on the United payroll may be surplus to requirements, with Darmian definitely one of these unfortunate individuals.
The Reds, however, seem determined to get the best deal possible out of each of their departing players, which means that transfer formalities could take a long time to sort out, and could eventually force rival clubs to pull out of the transfer deals.