Antonio Conte reportedly wants to bring Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian with him to Chelsea when he takes charge at Stamford Bridge later this summer.
The incoming Chelsea boss is currently focused on Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign and will have been heartened by their impressive opening 2-0 victory over Belgium in Lyon, where Darmian was selected as left wing-back in the Azzurri side.
Darmian looks set to be on his way out of Manchester United after just one season at the club, with reports circulating that the former Torino star is one of 12 players set to be sold off as Jose Mourinho begins to re-shape his squad at Old Trafford.
The 26-year-old only signed for United last summer from Torino for a reported fee of £13million and endured a stop-start debut campaign at Old Trafford.
Darmian has already been linked with a summer move to Juventus, but Bleacher Report claims Conte will attempt to bring the player with him to Stamford Bridge.
Darmian is clearly a player Conte has the utmost trust in and can operate on either flank as wing-back in Conte’s preferred 3-5-2 formation, though it is not known whether United would sanction the sale of a player to one of their top-four rivals.