Benfica have opened negotiations with Manchester United over a Summer move for out-of-favour defender Matteo Darmian, according to a report.
The Italian fullback has officially asserted his desire to leave Manchester United this Summer and manager Jose Mourinho is more than willing to release him.
The Italian fullback has been pulling in interest from a few Serie A sides with Juventus, Inter and Napoli to name a few but clearly, none of them has agreed on the value which United are inquiring, a deal around of £15 mil.
According to some ongoing reports, Napoli have offered a loan deal including a cash payment with an offer of getting it permanent next year however it is comprehended that United are searching for a permanent deal only.
The pause in proceedings now has apparently animated in Benfica’s favour and as indicated by reports, the Portuguese giants have called United over a settlement. It is understood that the Red Devils and Darmian both too are eager to tune in to what Benfica bring to the table and have arranged a meeting to discuss terms.
As indicated by the report, Darmian is more intrigued to make a move to his nation of origin, Italy, however, could be enticed to move to Portugal if Benfica consent to meet his £70,000 a week wage.
The report likewise has added that Benfica enquired about taking him on loan in the last January window but United at that point declined the offer.
But just after six months they have again knocked the Old Trafford side after their first-team right back Tyronne Ebuehi endured a serious injury in pre-season and expected to be ruled out for at least 4-6 months.
Benfica only lost the league title to Porto last season and they are reportedly not willing to take any chances and looking for an experienced and reasonable deal for a versatile defender to which as of now Darmian flawlessly possesses all the necessary qualities.
Darmian came to Old Trafford in 2015, but, he never managed to settle his place in the starting 11. For the last two seasons, the 28-year-old has, for the most part, endured his openings in the dugout or as a substitute appearance.
The former Torino fullback only managed 17 appearances last term in all rivalries for Jose Mourinho’s side last season, with other options, for example, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young kept him out of the side.
What’s more, with Mourinho’s choice to sign another right-back Diogo Dalot to present more contests to them it all-but ended his chances of being in the United manager’s plans for the coming season.
The 28-year-old however despite such events has been altogether a professional and travelled with the rest of the United squad to their pre-season camp in the USA and has had a major impact there where he also captained the side against AC Milan.