United Desperate To Get Rid Of Their Defender – Ready To Accept £8.6m

Man Utd players react after Sergio Romero is shown a red card.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer means business as Manchester United readies itself for the summer transfer window.

A successful club overhaul will mean that the club won’t just have to buy promising new talents, but also sell those players that have been surplus to requirements at the side for quite a while now.

This balance will have to be achieved in quite a ruthless fashion by the Norwegian and company, with pragmatism at the helm. Such is the plight of the side that they are willing to incur a loss on one player in particular.

As per the Gazzetta Dello Sport, Manchester United are eager to sell Matteo Darmian in the summer window.

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The Italian defender was on the verge of departing last summer itself, with Juventus the side keen on acquiring him. However, both clubs failed at agreeing on a transfer fee, and as a result, United were forced to activate a 12-month extension clause in his contract.

Now, the report claims that it will be Inter Milan that could purchase the player, and this time around, United won’t be bargaining hard.

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The Serie A side could acquire the player for United’s asking price of £8.6 million. However, the report suggests that the overhaul sum could dip to around £6 million as well, with the 29-year-old deemed to be surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.

Inter are eager on landing the player, as their current option at right-back, Cedric Soares, is on loan, and is set to return to Southampton at the end of the season.

Despite being purchased by Louis van Gaal four years ago, Darmian’s skillset never seemed suited for United’s style of play. In the last two years, he has barely been in the picture, and it is certainly apt from him to depart to a club that can give him regular gametime.