Parma sign Darmian from Man Utd

Matteo Darmian has joined Serie A outfit Parma from Manchester United, the Premier League giants have announced.

The 29-year-old has signed a four-year contract at the Stadio Ennio Tardini but neither club has released details about the deal.

Darmian joined United from Torino for a reported £12.7 million four years ago but struggled to get into the first team after Louis van Gaal left the club at the end of his first season.

The Italian international was part of the side that won the FA Cup in 2016 but has made only 32 Premier League appearances in the three seasons since, and none at the start of the new campaign. With Ashley Young replacing the injured Luke Shaw at left-back in the Red Devils’ last fixture and youngster Axel Tuanzebe featuring on the bench in all four of their matches so far this season, Darmian had been widely-expected to find a new club this summer.

Matteo Darmian’s contract was due to expire at the end of the current season before United were able to offload him to Parma. The player himself admitted 12 months ago that he was keen to leave Old Trafford, when Jose Mourinho was in charge.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was signed as Manchester United’s starting right-back earlier this summer, further confirming Darmian’s future lay elsewhere. He will now be competing with Simone Iacoponi and Vincent Laurini for either starting role at his new club.