Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been vocal in his desire to sign a new defender before the transfer window closes in midweek, with an array of potential suitors listed as targets.
Most of these have been centre-halves, with the likes of Alessio Romagnoli, Kalidou Koulibaly and a multitude of others linked with a switch to the Stamford Bridge club.
However, another option for Conte to bolster the heart of his rearguard could well be to sign a right-back, with Branislav Ivanovic able to cover centrally as a result.
As such, a move for Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian could well be the answer to the Italian trainer’s concerns.
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However, thinking about it objectively, the Red Devils defender could be an ideal fit for the Blues.
Conte knows the former Torino right-back well from his time as Italy manager and has gotten the best out of the 26-year-old at international level.
Darmian’s form in Serie A and while on duty for the Azzurri suggests he has what it takes to be a success in the Premier League – even if he has not shown this as yet for United.
The Italian is being linked with an Old Trafford exit and looks to be available, while his natural instinct to get on the front foot and bombard forward from the back suits Chelsea’s style.
It may seem like a switch destined to fail, but with United keen to recuperate exuberant summer spending, Darmian surplus to requirements and Chelsea needing an extra option at the back, it could well work.