Manchester United Transfer News: Benfica Reportedly Open Matteo Darmian Talks

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IAugust 4, 2018

MIAMI, FL - JULY 31:  Matteo Damian of Manchester United of Manchester United during the International Champions Cup 2018 fixture between Manchester United v Real Madrid at Hard Rock Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
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Benfica have reportedly opened talks with Manchester United over a summer move for defender Matteo Darmian.

The Italian is out of favour at Old Trafford and is not part of manager Jose Mourinho's plans for the new season.

He would prefer to return to Serie A, but he is willing to listen to what Benfica have to offer, according to Simon Mullock of the Mirror.

Darmian joined Manchester United from Torino in 2015 but has not forced his way into the first team on a regular basis.

He managed just five Premier League starts for the club last season and looks to have fallen further down the pecking order after the Red Devils brought in right-back Diogo Dalot.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed his club are interested in Darmian. He told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli (h/t Goal), "It's true that we asked for Darmian on loan with a right to buy."

Darmian said he wants to leave Manchester United this summer, as he wants to play more regularly, per Luke Edwards of the Daily Telegraph.

The full-back has been part of Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States and captained the side against AC Milan. Paul Hirst of the Times said it was a farewell gift:

Paul Hirst @hirstclass

@tueartgrant @MullockSMirror @OrigamiNinja79 @davideaves1971 @sistoney67 captain's armband was a farewell gift of sorts from Jose. Jose was aware that Darmian was an AC Milan fan as a kid too, so being skipper against them was extra special for him. Nice touch from Mourinho if you ask me

Darmian's future may be complicated by injuries to fellow right-backs Dalot and Antonio Valencia, according to James Robson of the Manchester Evening News:

James Robson @JamesRobsonMEN

Valencia appeared to injure his calf. With Dalot out until september, Darmian's proposed exit may have to be put on ice #mufc

Samuel Luckhurst of the Evening News said Darmian could start Manchester United's opening Premier League game against Leicester City:

Samuel Luckhurst @samuelluckhurst

Fair play to Darmian, whose cross was perfect. Every chance he'll start against Leicester. Sanchez and Pereira have been the standout players on the tour. #mufc

Tim Fosu-Mensah is another option who could come in at right-back for the Red Devils. The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace but will be hoping to break in to the first team after returning to the club.

Darmian has made it clear he wants to depart, but it remains to be seen if United are willing to sanction his sale given their injury situation.