Another Van Gaal flop signing free to quit Manchester United in January - report
By Emma Sanders
Manchester United fear they won’t be able to offload Matteo Darmian after Jose Mourinho gave the green light for his departure, according to a report.
The Sun claims there have been no “concrete offers” from clubs for the £13million signing and Mourinho is becoming increasingly concerned that United will be unable to sell him.
The manager was counting on offers from Serie A and despite there being a few clubs rumoured to have shown an interest, nobody has yet to make contact with the club.
“Nobody knows what is going on with him. There have been no offers as of yet, just interest so far. The club will let him leave as long as the right offer comes in, but they want their money back that was paid originally,” said a United insider, as quoted by the Sun.
“There is nothing brewing on the horizon. There is a fear they could be stuck with him until at least next summer.”
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According to the report, Inter Milan and Juventus were two of the Italian clubs linked with the full-back but with just 23 days to go until the January transfer windows, Mourinho is getting increasingly concerned at the lack of movement.
Darmian is yet another big-money Louis van Gaal signing who is surplus to requirements under Mourinho, with Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger among those who can leave next month.
The 27-year-old has made just five Premier League starts this season and has already been tipped as one of the big names who have been given the go ahead to leave in January.
It is believed Manchester United are happy to loan out the defender as long as the recipient is committed to buying him at the end of the season.
He has made 33 appearances in total and has scored just one goal in all competitions for United.
Football Insider verdict
The full-back was a big name in Italy and is an experienced international so it’s surprising there has yet to be any concrete offers from Italy. However, there is still plenty of time to go before the transfer window closes and there will no doubt be several Italian clubs interested in taking him on a loan deal. If United are expecting the full £13 million back for the defender they will struggle to offload so they may have to settle for a lower fee and cut their losses. A loan move to a Premier League club won’t be off the cards either.
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