In Focus: Serie A clubs want Man United defender

According to Sky Sport, Juventus and Napoli are both interested in signing Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian in the January transfer window.

What’s the story?

Darmian joined Man United from Torino in the summer of 2015, and the right-back impressed during his first season in England – making 39 appearances in all competitions.

The 28-year-old only made 18 Premier League appearances under Jose Mourinho last season, however, and has started just two league matches for the Red Devils during the 2017-18 campaign.

A number of Italian clubs have been linked with a move, but according to Sky Sport, Juventus and Napoli are the two teams showing the strongest interest ahead of the opening of the winter window.

It does appear that Man United would be prepared to sell for the right price at the start of 2018, and the Italian could well be heading for a return to Serie A.

Why has he struggled at United?

There is no doubting that Darmian is an accomplished defender, but his lack of quality in possession of the football has counted against him.

Antonio Valencia’s presence at Man United has made it impossible for the Italian to secure the right-back position, whilst Ashley Young’s form on the other side has also counted against him.

Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw are also both above Darmian in the pecking order, and the fact that he has only been involved in four Premier League matches this season – playing just 195 minutes of league football – speaks volumes.

It is clear that Darmian’s stock is still high in Serie A, however, with the defender, who is valued at £10.8m by transfermarkt.co.uk, an established member of the Italian national team.

It has just not happened for the right-back in English football, and it might well be best for all parties if the relationship ends at the start of 2018.