Out-of-favour Manchester United right-back Matteo Darmian has moved a step closer to the Old Trafford exit door with Napoli confirming their interest in his signature, according to the Sun.
The Sun report that Darmian is looking for a move away from the Red Devils this summer after falling down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho last season, with regular gametime on the agenda.
They report that the versatile Italian, who has played at both right-back and left-back during his time with his current club but has often found himself behind Antonio Valencia in the pecking order of the former, has just one year left on his current United deal and is open to a return to his home country, which has pricked Napoli’s interest.
Their chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has been quoted declaring that he is interested in signing Darmian due to his ability to play on either flank.
Darmian’s versatility appeals to Napoli, which indicates he could be viewed as a bit-part player, but he will not be leaving Old Trafford just to sit on the bench again – he will have his eye on the right-back berth if he does move to Naples.
That creates a degree of uncertainty around the future of current first-choice, 24-year-old Elseid Hysaj, who is highly-rated, with good reason – opening the door for Chelsea to swoop.
The Albanian has a great engine, impressive technical quality, attacking intent and is also solid at the back, and with Maurizio Sarri now in charge at the Bridge, it looks perfectly set up for him to raid his former employers.
Jorginho has already followed his countryman to west London and with Sarri looking set to ditch the wing-back system preferred by Antonio Conte, he will need a more specialist right-back than Victor Moses and Hysaj is as good as anyone on the market this summer.