Report: Man Utd defender going nowhere as Juve prepare bid

Date published: Tuesday 20th June 2017 2:03

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian will not be leaving the club this summer despite interest from Juventus, according to reports.

The Italian champions have already began their search for a replacement for veteran right-back Dani Alves, who looks certain to join United’s neighbours Manchester City this summer.

Darmian, 27, is said to be a long-term target for Juve but according to Calciomercato.com’s Fabrizio Romano, United boss Jose Mourinho has stated that the defender is not for sale.

The Italy international has struggled to earn a regular starting spot since arriving at Old Trafford in 2015, with former midfielder Antonio Valencia more often than not the preferred option for Mourinho at right-back.

Despite Mourinho’s insistence that the player is not for sale, the fact that United are being continually linked with a big-money move for Benfica defender Nelson Semedo would suggest that they could be willing to listen to offers for Darmian over the coming weeks.

Juve do have an alternative in place, however, with AC Milan’s Mattia de Sciglio another option, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

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