Juventus are interested in signing Darmian; however they are unwilling to meet his wage demands.
Reports from Italy are saying that Juventus are on the lookout for a Right Back after telling Lichtsteiner that they will not be extending his contract which expires at the end of the season. Matteo Darmian is one of their top targets to fill in the position.
Darmian would like a move back to Serie A but would be reluctant to join Juventus after playing for their local rivals Torino for four years.
The other stumbling block are Darmian’s wage demands. He’s currently on £60,000/week, which is equivalent to Juventus’ top paid defender Chiellini who is set to sign a new contract soon. Juventus don’t want to match his current salary and would require him to take a pay cut. Sandro, Barzgali, Benatia and Rugani are all on less than £50,000/week, therefore it would be a fair speculation that Juventus would offer no more than that.
There are other Serie A teams interested in the Italian Right Back: However, if Juventus are unable to offer the wage demands, is it likely other Serie A teams are going to?
If this transfer is going to go ahead it will happen in the summer when Lichtsteiner has been released. The transfer fee is speculated to be in the region of £15mil-£20mil.
If needed, should Man Utd contribute to his salary until his contract would have run out in 2019? It’d be a year of around £10,000/week (£520,000 in total) to get him off our books whilst receiving the transfer fee. It’s something we’ve done before with Rooney, and it’s something I would seriously consider doing with Darmian.
This is the problem with having deadwood on extortionate salaries at the club. They’re going to be hard to convince to leave for a smaller salary. Have your say below!