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Bayern Munich and Barcelona both keen on Manchester United man

According to reports from the Daily Star, Bayern Munich and Barcelona have both expressed an interest in signing Matteo Darmian from Manchester United.

Manchester United spent around £12.7million to acquire the services of Matteo Darmian in the summer of 2015 and it was believed at the time that the Red Devils pulled off a very good signing of a quality player.

Two years on from his arrival to Old Trafford though, it has to be said that Darmian has not quite been able to impress everyone. The 27-year-old has been solid if unspectacular during his time at United so far but he has not been consistent enough to command a regular spot in the starting lineup.

Manager Jose Mourinho does see Darmian as an important player due to his versatility and the Italian did feature prominently during the back end of last season for the Red Devils, starting the Europa Cup final as well.

There has been some speculation that the ex-Milan man could leave the Premier League giants this summer though as he looks for regular first team football in a World Cup year where he will be keen on earning a place in the Italian national team and the Daily Star have carried out a surprise report regarding the future of the full-back.

The report claims that the European giant duo of Bayern Munich and Barcelona are both interested in signing Darmian this summer and are set to make an approach to the Red Devils regarding the availability of the defender.

Bayern are said to be looking to provide competition for young German international Joshua Kimmich, who is set to be the starting full-back on the right flank next season following the retirement of the legendary Philipp Lahm while Barcelona also want to provide new signing Nelson Semedo a fight for a place in the starting lineup.

While the prospect of joining either Bayern or Barcelona will be tempting for Darmian, it is unlikely he will become a regular at either of the two clubs and staying put at Manchester, where he has already adapted to life, could prove to be the better choice in terms of boosting his chances of selection for the Azzurri national team for the World Cup in Russia next year.

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