Since the dawn of time (aka post-Maicon and Javier Zanetti), Inter has had issues at the fullback position. The club has shuffled through options such as Jonathan, Álvaro Pereira, Dodo, Alex Telles, Martin Montoya, Yuto Nagatomo, Davide Santon, Danilo D’Ambrosio, and Juan Jesus with results ranging from mediocrity to mind-numbing ineptitude. This summer Inter signed Cristian Ansaldi to play mainly at left-back and though he is just returning from injury the 30 year old has been an improvement over the other options Frank De Boer has available to him. The club isn’t looking to have a gaping hold at right-back though and is looking to bring in Matteo Darmian to help out on the other flank as well.
Darmian hasn’t had a fun season so far at Manchester United. The 26 year old has made no appearances so far in the Premier League this season and his only playing time was a single match in the Europa League against Feyenoord. Antonio Valencia has become Mourinho’s first choice right-back at United so the Italian could be looking for a new club that could guarantee him playing time.
Reports have suggested that Inter is seriously interested in signing Darmian, and it looks like a loan could be secured in January with a permanent option in the summer. Manchester United signed him from Torino for €18m but Piero Ausilio could snag him for less given how he has fallen out of favor at the Manchester club.
I’m okay with this move. I don’t necessarily think that Darmian is an incredible fullback but he is certainly better than the current options Inter has. If Ausilio and Suning decide to pull the trigger on this deal I would not complain. Maybe we’ll finally have a pair of competent fullbacks again.