Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to use Matteo Darmian as a bargaining tool to land Nemanja Matic this summer.
Darmian, who arrived at Old Trafford from Torino for £12m last summer, has had a tough first season in England and has struggled to hold down a first team place, but Antonio Conte is a big fan.
The incoming Chelsea manager regularly picks the 26-year-old for his Italy starting line up, as one of the wing backs in his preferred 3-5-2 formation.
Conte is planning on utilising the system when he arrives at Stamford Bridge – meaning Darmian is a target should he leave United.
The link gives Jose Mourinho a potentially vital bargaining chip when it comes to potentially landing Matic, who is keen to work with his former manager once again.
A swap deal for the two could benefit everyone, with presumably some cash coming Chelsea’s way too, in order to balance out the deal.
Mourinho wants his new side to boast a more physical edge, with Matic seen as key to beefing up the midfield area.
Villarreal defender Eric Bailly has already arrived to boost the defence, while Mourinho makes his mind up about other members of his inherited squad.
Marouane Fellaini, Daley Blind, Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay may all be sold to make room for Jose’s new arrivals, with interest mounting in the bunch.
Everton are looking at Schneiderlin, Blind may opt for Arsenal, Fellaini is being tracked by Lazio and Depay could be sold to anyone who will stump up 20p and a packet of crisps.
It’s going to be an interesting summer at Old Trafford…