Jose Mourinho is reportedly set to stand in the way of any potential deal involving the sale of Matteo Darmian.
The Manchester United right-back has struggled to find game time in the last few months, with Antonio Valencia firmly holding on to his starting position in the team. The Ecuadorian is currently out injured, though, having had a surgery to fix a broken wrist earlier this week.
As a result, Darmian returned to the starting lineup for the Red Devils’ clash against Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday, and despite the game ending in a 0-0 draw, the Italian put up a fantastic performance.
Although he moved to the Theatre of Dreams from Torino only a year ago, Darmian has repeatedly been linked with a move back to Italy. Inter Milan have been consistently reported as interested in the 26-year-old, but the feelings are said to be mutual.
It is unlikely that Darmian will still retain his place in the first team when Valencia is fully fit again, and this could play a major role in whether on not the full-back decides to commit himself to the club.
The Italian is believed to be interested in the prospect of a return to his homeland, and Inter Milan would provide the perfect opportunity for him to get regular minutes. Reports suggest that the Serie A club are preparing a bid to bring him to the San Siro on loan till the end of the season, with an option to buy in the summer for a fee around the region of £13 million.
However, despite not being fully convinced about the Darmian’s capabilities, Mourinho is set to ensure that United hold on to the full-back, at least till Valencia fully recovers from his injury.
United were also said to be chasing after Monaco right-back Fabinho this summer. Despite the persistent rumours, nothing materialised, and according to French news outlet L’Equipe, the Red Devils have ended their pursuit of the Brazilian, who recently signed a new contract with Monaco.
This could indicate that Darmian still has a significant role to play in Mourinho’s plans, but whether the player is willing to stay put with an insecurity about his place in the team is yet to be seen.