Source in Italy: Juventus reach agreement with United over Matteo Darmian
- The Italian has been linked with a move away from United for months.
- The 29-year-old has sit his sights on a return to Italy, with several Serie A sides interested in his signature.
- And now it's been reported that Darmian is set to join Juventus on a six-month loan with a €4m option to buy.
According to an Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus have reached an agreement with United over a loan move for full-back Matteo Darmian. The Italian will join the Serie A champions on a six-month loan initially, with an option to make the move permanent in the summer for just €4 million.
Thought we'd got our right-back problem solved when we signed Darmian. Hasn't worked out but he's had a few top performances and has behaved admirably despite a lack of playing time. Hope he gets the Juve move. pic.twitter.com/Q1K56aBWll— Scott Patterson (@R_o_M) January 20, 2019
Juve have been searching for a new full-back for months, with Chelsea's Emerson Palmieri among their targets as well. However, it looks like they've settled on Darmian with the deal reportedly set to be announced in the 'coming days', as per Gazzetta dello Sport.
Max Allegri's side allegedly faced competition from other Serie A for the 25-year-old's signature. Lazio were also serious about securing Darmian, while AS Roma, Inter Milan and Napoli were previously reported to be interested as well.
Manchester United still hope to receive a transfer fee for Darmian in the summer. Any loan deal with Juventus will include a purchase option. United still retain, and will likely execute, an additional year option on his current contract, which expires in June, to assure that.— Chris Winterburn (@cmwinterburn) January 20, 2019
Before moving to United, Darmian spent four years at AC Milan (2006-2010) and four seasons at Torino (2011-2015). The 29-year-old's current united contract runs out at the end of the season, but the Red Devils have an option of an automatic one-year extension.
The defender has recently admitted that he misses Italy and hopes to receive a call from Roberto Mancini, the national team's manager someday: "Playing with the national team is one of my objectives, Mancini hasn't called me yet but I hope he will. Serie A? I have to say I miss it, I know I'm in one of the best clubs in the world and I'm proud of it, but I miss Italy. I love my country."