Getting £17m for outcast Darmian would be exceptional business from Man United

Juventus have held talks with the agent of Manchester United outcast Matteo Darmian to bring his Old Trafford closer, according to CalcioMercato via TalkSport.

What’s the story, then?

The report says that Darmian will be allowed to leave United this summer after a season which saw him granted very limited gametime and that Juve hold a keen interest.

They report that the fee Jose Mourinho is demanding for the 6ft defender’s signature is £17m, with Inter Milan also circling and hopeful that Darmian will choose them because Juventus have already signed right-back Joao Cancelo this summer.

They also claim that the Old Lady only value Darmian at around £10m, so there is clearly some negotiation still to do for a deal to be finalised.

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Getting £17m would be incredible business

Considering that United bought Darmian for a reported £12.7m during the reign of Louis van Gaal, making nearly £5m of profit on him while relegating him down the pecking order would be astounding.

£10m is a much fairer price but presumably Mourinho is mindful that there has been a huge turnover of players at Old Trafford in recent years and is determined to drive up the price to make that worthwhile.

Ed Woodward has pulled off the feat before, engineering big prices for Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin, two other United flops signed by van Gaal.