Manchester United are yet to receive an offer for Italian defender Matteo Darmian and are now preparing themselves for the fact that he may stay at the club beyond January, report The Sun.
The Red Devils had been expecting a raft of bids from Serie A for the full-back but as yet there has been no concrete approach made.
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Inter Milan and Juventus were among the clubs said to be interested in taking on the 27-year-old, who has found it difficult to break into United’s first-team on a consistent basis.
Signed by former boss Louis van Gaal from Torino in July 2015, Darmian made an initial impact at Old Trafford before finding his game time increasingly limited towards the end of last season.
Under Jose Mourinho he did not play a single minute of United’s opening nine Premier League fixtures of the current campaign, but has started the last five matches due largely to the injury woes of first-choice left-back Luke Shaw.
However, with the Englishman close to a return to full fitness, Darmian will be allowed to leave should the right offer come in for him.
The club are willing to consider a loan-to-buy deal as long as they are able to recoup the money that they paid for him originally, believed to be around £13 million.
Darmian is expected to be in the squad for United’s crucial Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.