English Premier League (EPL) club Chelsea is interested in signing Manchester United right-back Matteo Darmian in the January transfer window. However, United manager Jose Mourinho will block any moves made by the Blues to acquire the defender.
Darmian has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford and is not the starting right-back. He has lost his place to makeshift defender Antonio Valencia. Chelsea wants to offer him another chance to reprise his career in England, as reported by Calciomercato.com (h/t Toby Gannon of the Sun)
Chelsea manager Anotonio Conte is well aware of the talent Darmian possesses. He has managed the player in the International arena when both were a part of the Italy setup. A transfer will be beneficial at this juncture of Darmian’s career as the player looks well behind Valencia to make the starting XI at United.
The 26-year-old started his life brilliantly at Old Trafford after arriving from Torino, last season. It looked as if the player will be able to cement his place as the starting right-back of Manchester United for years to come. However, he couldn’t continue his starting form and niggling injuries here and there throughout the season prevented his progress.
“Looks like Valencia ready despite long trip back from South America. Doesn’t look like Darmian and Jones are involved so he should start.” Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News tweeted in relation to player’s future at Old Trafford.
Before the start of the season, many predicted Darmian to be Mourinho’s first-choice right-back because of the player’s abilities. The man from Legnano, Italy is a tenacious tacker and is well equipped with his defensive duties. He is also a work horse who likes to cover a lot of ground on the football pitch. However, as the season started, Mourinho’s preferred player was Valencia, who is technically not a defender.
Darmian to Chelsea will be a suitable move for both the parties. The Blues require a cover for starting choice right-back Branislav Ivanovic. Given Conte’s relationship with Darmian, he will be the perfect choice for the role.
However, given Mourinho’s shrewd nature as a manager, it will be unlikely that he will sell a player to a direct rival in the Premier League.
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