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United defender agrees terms with Italian side, but deal some way off still

Despite some success in this summer’s transfer market for Manchester United, with the signings of Diogo Dalot, Fred and Lee Grant sealed in preparation for the club’s pre-season tour of America next week, the club has made no progress in terms of selling players as of yet. Marouane Fellaini was widely expected to leave the club when his contract expired at the end of June, but signed a two-year deal instead, whilst deals for Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, two players that have become surplus to requirements at Old Trafford have failed to materialise. A report by Teamtalk might explain why a deal for the former has yet to, and may not happen.

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Juventus have expressed their interest in taking Darmian back to Italy, with the former Torino defender a target for the Bianconeri, but currently, there exists a €7/8m difference in valuation between the two sides, with United asking for €20m but Juve valuing him closer to €12/13m. This would suggest that a deal is still some way from being completed, and unless the two clubs can strike a compromise that could include a player that United require (Alex Sandro or Mario Mandzukic, for example), then it seems as if Darmian might be stuck at Old Trafford for the forseeable future.

Still, if quotes in the same article are anything to go by, then the player himself doesn’t seem to be too dissatisfied.

“I’m living a great experience here in England. I’d say yes to United again,” Darmian told Sky Sport Italia. “It’s one of the best clubs in the world. I won several trophies here but I miss Italy. Let’s see what happens at the end of the season. Now the priority is to end the season in the best way possible. Juventus? I have not decided yet. I am happy Juventus are interested in me. Juve are a great club and I am happy for that. I will think about a possible move when it will be the right time.”

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By Kevin T

Kevin Thatcher is a freelance journalist who's work has featured in various national and international publications, including Mail Online & The Mirror. Kevin has been a Manchester United season ticket holder in South Stand for many years, and writes for RedMancunian to combine both his love for writing, and club.

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