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United price too high for defender

5th April 2019, 10:16 by Nick Harris

Matteo Darmian's £15m asking price is holding up a move and his high wages are also a stumbling block for his admirers in Italy.

Contrary to reports, the Manchester United right-back won't be allowed to walk away on a free transfer at the end of this season, with the Red Devils ready to activate their option of a further 12 months and protect their original investment.

The 29-year-old has featured just six times this season and has been sidelined with injury since January, although the Italian international is now back in training.

Darmian has seen possible moves to Juventus and Inter Milan collapse during the last year and United insiders have admitted his £90,000-per-week wages has proved a hurdle to a permanent move away from the Theatre of Dreams.

In addition, United want to recoup as much of the £16.5m they paid to acquire the player from Torino back in 2015, when his signing was made a priority by former boss Louis van Gaal.

Darmian has been unable to establish himself as a regular starter at United but the club still feel they should be able to demand a fee for a defender who has plenty of kudos among Serie A clubs.

Darmian's reps are trying to broker a compromise with bosses at Old Trafford, although they know the Manchester giants want to bring in as much money as possible this summer to finance Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's own spending plans.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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