Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian only has a little over a week to seal a permanent deal away from Old Trafford having spent much of the summer hoping for a move back to Italy. Juventus and Napoli have both been keen to secure his services, with reports also suggesting that both Milan clubs are interested in his services, but as of yet, no deal has materialised. Further complicating the issue is that Jose Mourinho has lost his first-choice right back Antonio Valencia to injury for an unspecified time, but Darmian’s desire to leave remains.
Napoli have attempted to get around the problems with agreeing a fee for the player by requesting a loan for this upcoming season instead, according to Teamtalk. “We have asked for Darmian on a loan with a right to sign next summer,” said club preseident Aurelio De Laurentiis.
The Mirror are also reporting that Yerry Mina has dropped some not-so-subtle hints that he could complete a move from Barcelona to United this summer. The Colombian, who scored a late equaliser in his country’s last 16 tie with England during this summer’s World Cup has followed Antonio Valencia, Paul Pogba and the club’s official account on Instagram, which is about as obvious a plea for attention as one could get. It’s a tactic proven to get a rise out of eagle-eyed fans, and whilst United’s interest in Mina could well be legitimate, taking cues from the player’s social media activity is likely not the best approach.
Still, the report states that a deal for £35m could be completed for the centre back, which would be much less than Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City are asking for United targets Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire, respectively. The 23-year old wouldn’t be the experienced or imposing centre back that Mourinho seems to crave this summer, but would surely strengthen United’s back four.