Benfica open talks with Manchester United to sign Matteo Darmian

Portuguese giants Benfica have entered into talks with Manchester United regarding a potential move for right-back Matteo Darmian. Darmian has struggled for regular game time ever since joining the club from Torino in 2015, and is now looking for a move away. According to Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror, Darmian is pushing for a move to the Serie A, but is open to considering the possibility of a switch to Benfica as well.

Napoli too are interested in signing the 28-year-old on a season-long loan, as confirmed by their president Aurelio De Laurentiis, who told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli, 'It's true that we asked for Darmian on loan with a right to buy.'

United have reportedly slapped a £15m price tag on Darmian, which forced Napoli and AC Milan to cool their interest in the player. However, Benfica it appears are willing to shell out that amount as they attempt to build a squad capable of dethroning Porto at the top.

Benfica had an enquiry rebuffed in January by United but have stepped up their interest following an injury to first-choice right back Tyronne Ebuehi in preseason.

If the two clubs do see eye to eye on a fee, Benfica would then have to be willing to cough up at £70000 per week as wages for the Italian, which might prove to be a stumbling block.

Darmian still has two years left on his current contract, but the arrival of Diogo Dalot has seen him pushed even further down in the pecking order at United, signalling an end to his playing days at the club. He is definitely not a part of Mourinho’s plans for the upcoming season and would do well to force a move and kickstart his stalling career at pastures anew.

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