Matteo Darmian
Darmian has started just one game this season. Getty

Matteo Darmian may consider a move away from Manchester United in January should he continue to struggle for game time at Old Trafford.

Darmian, 26, endured an alarming drop off in form last season and has started the 2016-17 campaign out of favour with Jose Mourinho. Antonio Valencia has emerged as the club's no. 1 choice at right-back, with the Italy international making just one appearance for the club this season in the 1-0 Europa League defeat to Feyenoord.

Even on occasions when Valencia has been rested –against Northampton Town in the EFL Cup and Zorya Luhansk in thee Europa League – Mourinho has turned to 18-year-old Timothy Fosu-Mensah rather than the Italian.

According to Darmian's agent, unnamed clubs attempted to sign the full-back during the summer. While United turned away those approaches, the possibility of a move away in 2017 remains.

"We need to understand the situation with the directors at Old Trafford," Darmian's agent Fausto Pari told Radio CRC. "Many clubs have shown interest in him but Manchester United closed the door in their faces.

"There has been little chance of playing under Jose Mourinho and if we get to January and the situation hasn't changed, we will look to go elsewhere. The boy understands that he needs regular first-team football to enhance his chances with the international squad."

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter Milan are among the clubs seeking to bring Darmian back to Serie A. The Italian newspaper claims the Nerazzurri will attempt to sign the defender on an initial loan deal in January with the view of a permanent move at the end of the season.