Manchester United have agreed to sell the out-of-favour Matteo Darmian to Juventus, in a deal worth £12million.
That’s according to Gazzetta dello Sport, translated by The Sun. Apparently, the 28-year-old full-back will sign a five-year deal with the Serie A champions, ending a turgid spell at Old Trafford.
Five Premier League starts was never going to be enough for Darmian or Manchester United. The Red Devils need consistency in the defensive third, and the Italy international just doesn’t have the required quality to play week-in-week-out in the English game.
If United can get £12million for him, they’ve done excellently. This is a player who has struggled throughout his United career, and the fact they’ve managed to entice a top side like Juve into making their move for him is great business.
Now it’s down to Jose Mourinho to identify a world-class replacement for Darmian. Full-back has been a real issue all season long, and with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young both ageing, it’s an area of the field that has to be addressed in a major way over the summer. Manchester City replaced both their full-backs twelve months ago, and look how well it turned out for them…