Manchester United defender nears exit as European giants swoop

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian is set to join Inter Milan this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport (opens in new tab).

The Italy international has endured a difficult campaign at Old Trafford, making just six starts in all competitions.

The former Torino right-back is under contract until summer 2020 but United are prepared to cut their losses this summer.

Juventus were interested in bringing Darmian back to Serie A 12 months ago, but it is Inter who now lead the race for his signature.

The Nerazzurri signed Cedric Soares on loan from Southampton in January but are now looking for a more permanent solution to their problems at right-back.

And Darmian, who is valued at around £8.6m by United, has emerged as a leading target.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are three points adrift of the top four following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).