Juventus are reportedly weighing up a move for Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian in the January transfer window.
According to reports, theItalian champions are heavily interested in signing Darmian and are said to see the defender as a long-term replacement for Stephan Lichtsteiner.
Manchester United are reportedly open to letting the Italian international go and would be willing to sell the player should any club meet their valuation for the player.
The 26-year-old hasn’t featured in any of United’s opening three league games under Jose Mourinho this season, with the Portuguese coach favouring Antonio Valencia at right-back.
Darmian joined the club last summer under the then Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal, and despite initially making a bright start to life at Old Trafford, the Italian has since fell way down the pecking order at the club, becoming a familiar face on the United substitutes bench.
With Mourinho seemingly not favouring the Italian at this moment in time, Darmian now has a major decision to make. Does he decide to stay at the Theatre of Dreams and fight for his place in the side, or take the easy way out and move aboard? I personally think the Italian should stay and fight for his place in the Portuguese manager’s starting eleven.
United are not gifted in numbers when it comes to the right-back role. Whilst Antonio Valencia has begun the new campaign in impressive form, he isn’t a natural right-back. The Ecuadorian is a winger and has shown in the past years that he has a mistake or two in his game. Whereas, in Darmian, he is an established full-back and is much better than Valencia when it comes to the defensive aspects of the game.
As a right-back, Darmian has already shown that he is capable of coming in and delivering the goods for United. Few right-back’s these days actually focus on defending; they are far more concerned with bombing on forward and getting involved with the attacking play. However, the Italian isn’t like that; he focuses far more on defending. He may not be great going forward but he can more than do a job for the side defensively and with only two recognised right-backs at the club it is essential he remains at Old Trafford for the time being.
As the season wears on Darmian will undoubtedly be given opportunities to impress in the starting eleven by Mourinho. With United looking to challenge on all four fronts this season, the Portuguese manager will be looking to mix up his squad on a week to week basis and Darmian will be included in those plans. It will then be down to the Italian as to whether he takes those chances or not.