Inter Milan lining up move for unsettled Italian defender

Serie A giants Inter Milan are reportedly weighing up an approach for Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year.

The Nerazzurri were hot on the trail of the versatile defender during the summer but a move never materialised with the club failing with a €21m offer which included an initial season-long loan for around €4m.

The 29-year-old has not found success thereafter with just three appearances for the Red Devils in the Premier League and according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Nerazzurri could offer him an escape route in the New Year.

Luciano Spalletti’s team only recruited Sime Vrsaljko on a year-long loan from Atletico Madrid last summer but they are understood to have concerns over pursuing a permanent agreement amid his fitness issues.

The Croatia international, for whom Inter have a €17.5m buy option, has featured in just seven of the 15 matches he has been included in the matchday squad, and this has involved games where he has been hauled off before full time with minor muscular concerns.

Amidst this, the Serie A outfit appear intent on making a swoop for Darmian when the transfer window reopens but they could face potential competition from Fulham, according to Tuttosport.

Cottagers boss Claudio Ranieri has been backed to bolster the defensive options with the team possessing the worst defence in the division but they are only said to favour an initial loan agreement for Darmian with the obligation to buy next summer.

Darmian recently featured in the left wing-back position during the 2-2 league draw against Arsenal but he could drop to the bench this weekend with Ashley Young returning after his one-match domestic ban for accumulating five yellow cards in the top-flight.

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