Manchester United to sell Matteo Darmian to Juventus in January in order to complete new-year move for FabinhoPublished September 5, 2016
Despite the transfer window being slammed shut last week, it appears as though Manchester United are already planning for future arrivals at Old Trafford come January.
The Manchester club had a summer to remember, splashing £150m on the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the world-record transfer of Paul Pogba from Juventus.
But it’s well known by now that Reds boss Jose Mourinho has his sights set on one more player.
The Portuguese manager spent the last week of the transfer window trying to conclude a deal for Monaco defender Fabinho.
Mourinho, was desperate to add the Brazilian to his ranks before the August 31 deadline, and even sanctioned a £27m deadline day move for the defender.
But a deal failed to materialise, with rumours suggesting Fabinho’s signing was dependent on Italian full-back Matteo Darmian leaving Old Trafford.
It was believed that the Untied defender was all set for a loan move to Inter Milan, but on the last day of the window that deal fell through meaning Mourinho had to pull the plug on the Fabinho deal.
According to reports in Italy, United are looking to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen again in the January transfer window and are already looking to find Darmian a new club, so that they can complete the deal for Fabinho in the new year.
It’s understood that talks are underway between Juventus and United for Darmian, with the Serie A giants keen on a loan move with an option to buy at the end of the season.
United are reportedly keen to tie up the deal secretly between now and January to ensure they can complete the signing of Fabinho in the opening week of the January window.
Watch this space, United fans.