Manchester United Transfer News: Matteo Darmian, Marouane Fellaini Exit Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2016

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Matteo Darmian of Manchester United and Angel Rangel of Swansea City compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on January 2, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Manchester United pair Matteo Darmian and Marouane Fellaini have been linked with moves away from the club with Bayern Munich and AC Milan reportedly targeting them, respectively.

According to German newspaper SportBild (h/t Sport Witness), the former is "unhappy" with life at Old Trafford and could be the subject of a bid from Bayern in the summer after compatriot Carlo Ancelotti takes charge.

Darmian only arrived in Manchester in the summer and has been a regular fixture in Louis van Gaal's side, making 22 appearances in all competitions.

The versatile performer is competent on either flank and has been a useful addition to United's squadparticularly at right-back, which has been something of a problem area for the Red Devils since Gary Neville's retirement.

One area Darmian hasn't shone in is going forward. Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News highlighted this during United's 0-0 draw with West Ham United in December:

Indeed, according to Squawka, the 26-year-old has created just seven chances in the Premier League this season, completed just three take-ons and failed to hit the target with either of his two shots on goal.

However, the hard-working player has been solid defensively—something he demonstrated in the 2-1 win over Swansea City on Saturday according to Squawka Dave:

The Italian has little reason to be unhappy at United, with Sport Witness noting Bild's report does not explain its assessment of his supposed discontent.

Though the chance to join Bayern Munich would likely be tempting for many players, particularly with United's current struggles, expect him to remain at the club for some time—one more season at the very least.

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As for Fellaini, United will not consider a loan deal but are reportedly willing to sell him to AC Milan for 20 million, according to CalcioNews89's Jean-Luca Mascaro (h/t

The Belgian has never been a particularly natural fit at Old Trafford and has started just eight of his 19 appearances this season. As the MEN's James Robson noted, the midfielder has often been used up front as Van Gaal's first resort in search of a goal:

Indeed, with United struggling for fluency in the final third this season Fellaini has been used frequently from the bench, hence his 11 substitute appearances, and the 28-year-old has scored and created three goals apiece.

Despite the criticism he's received at United, football writer Liam Canning praised Fellaini's usefulness to the squad at the end of last season:

While many United fans would nevertheless accept his sale in January, Van Gaal may opt to keep Fellaini until at least the summer due to a lack of other options in the squad.

Unless they can add more reinforcements to the squad, the midfielder may well be staying at Old Trafford for the time being.