Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed the club are considering a move for Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian, who is expected to leave the Reds this summer.
The Italian defender played just 17 games across all competitions under Jose Mourinho last season, with the United boss preferring Antonio Valencia at right-back and Ashley Young at left-back. He also signed FC Porto starlet Diogo Dalot as an understudy to Valencia in the right-back role.
That surely pushed Darmian further down the pecking order, however, the former Torino right-back came on as an early substitute last night against San Jose Earthquakes after Valencia picked up a slight knock to his calf.
Darmian has a year remaining on his contract and is reportedly willing to leave United in order to play more first-team football. Napoli are the latest club to show interest in signing him.
Napoli president, De Laurentiis, lauded Darmian during an appearance on Radio Kiss Kiss, as quoted by The Sun, stating that he is considering bringing the Italy international to the Stadio San Paolo.
He said: ”There are five or six names on the list. We are monitoring Arias like Darmian, who can play on both flanks. Everyone would like to sign Darmian because of his versatility.”
While I say Napoli are the latest club to show interest, Darmian was heavily linked with them back in January. Nothing materialised and he’s currently on pre-season tour with the Reds.