Matteo Darmian to join Parma in £1.4million transfer as Man Utd flop follows Chris Smalling and Alexis Sanchez to Italy – The Sun

MATTEO DARMIAN is set to join Parma in a £1.4million deal as the Manchester United flop follows Chris Smalling, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to Italy.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had revealed he planned to get rid of Darmian, 29, before the end of the European transfer window.

Now, according to reports in Italy, the clubs have agreed to a permanent deal, with United taking an £11.5m loss on the full-back.

United brought in Darmian from Torino in 2015 for £12.9m – and an initial one-year loan deal had been on the table.

But it now seems the move will be permanent with Old Trafford chiefs willing to cut their losses on the right-back.

Darmian featured just 60 times in his four years at the club and had fallen behind £50m new-boy Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Diogo Dalot and Ashley Young in the pecking order.


Earlier on Friday, Solskjaer had claimed he was looking to offload Darmian – while keeping hold of Marcos Rojo.

The Norwegian boss said: "Darmian and Rojo leaving? I can see maybe Matteo. There has been some interest in Matteo over in Italy.

"Marcos, he's staying definitely. We've got a squad now that's less in numbers, but still big enough and strong enough to have coverage in all positions."

Meanwhile, Smalling was snapped draped in a Roma scarf after landing in Italy to complete his season-long loan deal.

Smalling, 29, has slipped behind the likes of £85m new-boy Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly fight for a centre back slot.

The 31-cap international will now join Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Darmian, it would seem, in swapping Old Trafford for Serie A this summer.

Sanchez, who is on a year's loan, and £73million man Lukaku both joined Inter Milan to end their horror spells in Manchester.

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