Matteo Darmian wants to leave Manchester United and has called Jose Mourinho to arrange a move to Serie A, according to a report.
Juventus are hot on the trail of the right-back as they look to replace Dani Alves, who will leave Turin this summer after just 12 months of his two-year contract.
The Sun claims the deal to take Darmian to Turin would be initially a loan, with the option to make the deal permanent after a year, at around £17.5million.
That would be a profit of around £5million on what United paid Torino to bring him to Old Trafford in July 2015.
It was initially understood that Mourinho would sell the Italy defender this summer after he struggled to hold down a regular place in the side. But the 27-year-old finished the campaign strongly and helped Mourinho’s men win the Europa League final in Stockholm.
But now it’s understood Mourinho is happy to keep the player at the club. However, the interest from Juventus has turned the head of Darmian, who is keen to return to Turin and he has asked now “rang” Mourinho and asked for a transfer.
Antonio Valencia has made the right back position his own at United, while Mourinho is banking on Luke Shaw returning to full fitness and doing the same on the opposite side of defence Darmian believes his game time will be limited.
Darmian was linked with a move to Inter Milan back in January, but the defender insisted the time was not right to move on, saying: “Jose Mourinho wanted to cast me out? I’ve read things like that, but I don’t think it’s true.
“I keep going on my way, working to improve and give the coach a selection headache. I’m not thinking about the transfer window, it’s still too early.”