Barcelona ponder shock move for Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian in bid to solve defensive gap after receiving ‘good reports’ on Italian
- Barcelona are monitoring Manchester United right-back Matteo Darmian
- The La Liga giants are looking to bolster their defensive options this summer
- Italy full-back Darmian has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford
Darmian – predominantly a right-back – has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford following the arrival of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while Luke Shaw has nailed down the spot on the left flank.
And according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are monitoring Darmian’s situation as they eye an eventual replacement for Jordi Alba on the left.
Barcelona are pondering a shock move for Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian (right)
DARMIAN AT UNITED
The Catalan giants’ first choices are Real Betis’ Junior Firpo and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba but the pair would both cost a significant transfer fee.
Barcelona director of football – Eric Abidal – and his assistant – Ramon Planes – have other alternatives, which include Darmian and Philipp Max of Augsburg according to Mundo Deportivo.
The report also claims that Barcelona have received good reports about the Italy international, who can play on both flanks.
The 29-year-old has only one year left on his contract at Old Trafford and United are open to selling as they look to make room for main centre-back target Harry Maguire.
This could come as good news to Barcelona as Darmian is viewed as a much cheaper option.
Since signing from Torino in the summer of 2015, Darmian has never managed to nail down a spot and regular game-time has been hard to come by.
During the 2018-19 Premier League campaign, the full-back only featured six times for the Red Devils.
Darmian only featured six times for the Red Devils in the Premier League last season