Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is willing to sanction Matteo Darmian's sale in the summer transfer window and use the versatile defender as a part of the deal in helping the Red Devils re-sign Paul Pogba. He left Old Trafford and joined Juventus in 2012 as a free agent and has gone to become one of the highly rated midfielders across Europe.
Louis van Gaal signed the Italian international from Torino for £12m ($17.1m) and had a good start to his Old Trafford career. However, injuries and a dip in form has seen him being linked with a move away from the club.
According to The Sun, the Dutchman's successor is keen on landing Pogba and is open to sacrificing Darmian if it can help them land the France international. The Turin club made an inquiry over the availability of the full-back as they are looking to bring in a player in that position.
Juventus have Stephan Lichtsteiner as their first choice right-back in the squad. Their former manager Antonio Conte is keen on taking him to his new club Chelsea and that has seen the Serie A winners find a replacement for their defender.
Darmian can be the direct replacement for Lichtsteiner, should they manage to land him. United are willing to do business and include him as a part of the swap deal that will allow them to sign Pogba.
The Red Devils made a £60m ($85.5m) bid for the midfielder in bringing their former player back to England. However, United's approach was turned down by the Old Lady and Mourinho, who is an admirer of the Frenchman, is keen on completing a move for Pogba.
Juventus could be willing to allow their prized asset leave and they have already identified Miralem Pjanic as his replacement. The Roma star is edging closer towards completing his switch to Turin.
The Independent reports the former Chelsea manager has made signing Pogba his top priority this summer as he wants to build the team around him. La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are also interested in securing his signature and United are ready to fend off interest from Spanish clubs.
United will be made to wait to complete the marquee signing. Pogba is on international duty with France at the ongoing Euro 2016 and his future will be decided after the tournament in his homeland.
"You tell me. I'm asking you. Really? I'm thinking about the match to come. Then there's the Euros, and after that the holidays," Pogba told EPSN.