As per the Italian publication TuttoSport, the Serie A champions Juventus are already eyeing up a move for Manchester United right-back Matteo Darmian, who has been on the radar of the Old Lady since the last season.
With Man United boss Jose Mourinho currently using the 31-year-old Antonio Valencia as a starting XI right-back, the Red Devils have also been linked with a January move for AS Monaco full-back Fabinho. And all this could undermine the Italian’s position.
After joining Manchester United from Serie A side Torino last summer, the 26-year-old right-back has struggled for form and fitness in equal measure while playing on these shores.
But Darmian arrived in Manchester with the authoritative stamp of quality that comes from being an Azzurri — the Italian national team — defender.
His early performances in the red shirt showed great promise; tenacious in the tackle, positionally responsible and with seemingly boundless energy reserves, Darmian looked the real deal.
Nobody wanted to get ahead of themselves in their assessment of the Italian’s qualities, but it appeared as though, with Luke Shaw on the opposite side of the back line, United had their full-back positions sewn up for years to come.
But as the season wore on, United’s performances failed to inspire, and Darmian struggled to find the level of consistency he had shown throughout his four years in Turin.
It is reported that Juventus are considering Darmian as the direct replacement for Stephan Lichtsteiner, who is entering the final year of his contract deal in Turin.
However, the South American duo, Juan Cuadrado and Dani Alves are able to be deployed in that role, though Massimo Allegri is said to be eyeing the Azzurri international as an alternative.
Alongside Juventus, another Serie A giants are also considering January move for the Italy international with Inter Milan were reported to have made a bid for Darmian earlier this summer, though it is understood to have been snubbed the Red Devils at the time.