Matteo Darmian’s proposed move to Juventus appears to have fallen through

by Leo Nieboer

Matteo Darmian‘s proposed move to Juventus looks to have fallen through after the Serie A champions spent £35.5m on Valencia right back Joao Cancelo.

The Italian was almost entirely frozen out of the first team by Jose Mourinho last season, making just 12 starts in nine months.

He looked destined for a return to Turin last month, with Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta admitting the club wanted to sign him.

But the arrival of Cancelo, who will replace Stephan Lichtsteiner, has made it seriously unlikely that Juventus will make an effort to bring in Darmian as well.

The Italian’s name has been strongly linked with the Serie A champions for some time and it looked as if the move was essentially a done deal, but somebody inside the club has seen sense and found an actually half decent defender.

Darmian will nonetheless find a new club this summer having fallen out of favour under Mourinho. A move to another Serie A club is likely.

Meanwhile, Manchester United and Juventus, according to reports in Italy, are set to hold a summit where they will discuss the futures of Alex Sandro, Sami Khedira and Anthony Martial. You can’t help but feel as if these two clubs will do business with each other over the next month or so.

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