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Fringe Man Utd defender wanted by Serie A clubs

Manchester United are set to do a fair bit of business during the January transfer window, at least if reports are to be believed.

A number of players have been both linked with a move to and away from the club.

As we currently trail Manchester City by 15 points in the Premier League it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Jose Mourinho makes a few deals this month to prepare before the start of next season.

One player who has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in recent months is full-back Matteo Darmian.

The Italian international has only played four Premier League matches this season, starting just two.  Despite a large number of absentees for the New Year’s Day victory at Everton, Darmian remained an unused substitute in a game that saw 20-year-old Axel Tuanzebe make his first appearance of the season.

Matteo Darmian joined for £13 million from Torino in 2015 and now reports suggest he could move back to Italy as early as this month, with his agent, Tullio Tinti, admitting there have been enquiries from Serie A teams.

Tinti told Rete Sport:

“I have never received calls from Roma for the player. There are contacts with other Serie A teams, but not with the Giallorossi.”

However, Tinti went on to say that Matteo Darmian is not currently for sale:

“For the moment, the boy is not for sale.”

Whether Tinti’s comments are accurate or whether Manchester United will change their mind over the course of the month remains to be seen.  With the limited action the Italian has had so far this season it would be well worth considering cashing in on the 28-year-old whilst there is interest in the player.

Next season we will have Timothy Fosu-Mensah back from his loan deal at Crystal Palace whilst Axel Tuanzebe will have more experience under his belt.