Chelsea Linked With Italy’s Darmian

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte during the press conference Action Images via Reuters / Tony O’Brien

Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian is being linked with a potential transfer to fellow Premier League club Chelsea.

Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte has previously worked with Matteo Darmian when he was the manager of the Italian national team.

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.


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On 11th July, 2015, Darmian joined English giants Manchester United for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £12.7 million. He had a promising start to his United career, but injuries and position changes affected his game, and he gradually began fading.

Under new manager José Mourinho, the 26-year-old has fallen behind Antonio Valencia in the pecking order.

The Italian has not started a single match out of the 4 matches United have played in the 2016-2017 Premier League season.


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Manchester United were linked with AS Monaco right-back Fabinho this summer. Fabinho has previously worked under Mourinho at Real Madrid, and the Portuguese manager has shown desire to be reunited with him.

Although the Fabinho deal didn’t go through this window, it could be completed in January, or the summer transfer window next year.

Antonio Conte signed centre-back David Luiz and left-back Marcos Alonso on deadline day, but he may still be interested in Darmian, according to England based media outlet The Daily Mirror.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if Manchester United decide to offload Darmian in January, as Conte looks to reinforce his defence, which means that a Darmian-Conte reunion is not off the cards.

 

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