Chelsea eyeing shock deal for Man United outcast

Chelsea are amongst pack of clubs chasing Manchester United’s forgotten full-back Matteo Darmian, according to reports from CalcioMercatoWeb.

The Italy international was snapped up from Torino last year as part of Louis van Gaal’s transfer plans, but his future at Old Trafford has been in some doubt over the last few weeks – with Jose Mourinho yet to start him in the Premier League.

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And reports claim the situation has alerted divisional rivals Chelsea, with the Blues interested in the versatile defender.

Stamford Bridge boss Antonio Conte has worked with the 26-year-old in the past and included him in Italy’s EURO 2016 squad during the summer.

Given that Darmian can be deployed as a right-back and a more advanced wing-back on the same flank, he may be of use to the Chelsea boss, who utilised veteran Serbian Branislav Ivanovic in the former role during a 2-2 draw at Swansea on Sunday.

As well as Chelsea, CMW claim Napoli and Juventus are interested in the 26-cap Azzurri ace.