Inter have been linked with Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian for months now, and were expected to sign the Italian international in January.
At the time, the reported fee for the defender was €15m, but that price has reportedly increased to €25 million, as Jose Mourinho looks to use Inter’s interest in Darmian, as a way to get Perisic or Brozovic from the Nerazzurri.
According to Gazzamercato, Inter director Piero Ausilio has had meetings with agent Giovanni Branchini to lay the groundwork for a summer switch.
The defender is under contract with Manchester United until June 2019, but has struggled to hold down a regular first team place at Old Trafford this summer, making only 18 appearances between the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup.
Back in October, Darmian’s agent Fausto Pari said that the defender was seeking a move away from Old Trafford come January. Speaking to Radio CRC, his agent said:
“We have to understand Manchester United’s will, some Italian clubs have tried to take him, but Manchester United shut the door straight away.
“He’s playing little or not at all, which is a shame because of the national team.
“If the situation doesn’t change we’ll have to think of something in January, he risks losing the national team too.”
As to a move to Inter, Pari said that is a possibility:
“There was Inter, as came out in the newspapers. We’re at the beginning of October so we’ll have to wait and see how situations develop.”
The lack of playing time is still an issue for Darmian, especially with the World Cup looming on the horizon. He would be a perfect fit for Inter, but at a price closer to his transfermkt value of €12m. Twenty-five million is just silly money.