Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho could let defender Matteo Darmian leave the club as he moulds the squad he inherited from Louis van Gaal to his liking, reports say.

Italian newspaper Tuttosport claims Mourinho will look to offload Darmian in the coming weeks, with Juventus leading the race to sign him.

The 26-year-old full-back was signed by Van Gaal last summer from Torino for a reported fee of £12.7m ($18.4m). He made 28 league appearances for United in the 2015/16 season, scoring one goal.

Darmian will face strong competition for a starting spot at Juventus, who have Stephan Lichtsteiner and Patrice Evra as their first-choice full-backs and are close to reaching a deal to sign Barcelona right-back Dani Alves.

He is part of Antonio Conte's 23-man squad for Euro 2016 and is likely to start Italy's opening game of the tournament against Belgium on 13 June.

"Our adventure does not start today, it began several weeks ago," Darmian was quoted as saying by Football Italia on 8 June.

"We want to ensure we are ready for Monday's match. We will play an attacking game with Belgium, because we want to win. It's important to start well in a tournament."

Summer overhaul

Juan Mata and Daley Blind could be other casualties of Mourinho's summer overhaul of the United squad, with reports suggesting that the Portuguese coach has already sanctioned the sale of the duo as they do not fit the profile of the players he needs.

Matteo Darmian
Matteo Darmian made 28 league appearances for Manchester United last season Getty

Mata, 28, was sold by Chelsea to United in 2014 amid reports that Mourinho was unhappy with his lack of pace and work rate.

He spent much of the 2013/14 season on the bench at Stamford Bridge and was sold in January 2014 to the Red Devils for a fee of about £33.5m.

The former Valencia player only scored six league goals for United in the recently-concluded season and has been left out of Spain's squad for Euro 2016.

The Red Devils unveiled defender Eric Bailly as the first signing of the Mourinho era on 8 June.