As per reports in the English media today, Manchester United are ready to part with both Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian upon the opening of the winter transfer market in January.
22-year-old Shaw arrived at United from Southampton for a hefty £30 million fee in 2014, with many viewing the talented youngster as the natural heir to Patrice Evra at the club.
However, Louis Van Gaal, who was in charge of the Red Devils at that point, claimed that Shaw was overweight on the club’s pre-season tour, before a number of injuries allowed the youngster to make just 16 Premier League appearances during his debut campaign in Manchester.
And things have gone from bad to worse for Shaw at the club since, with many claiming that the English international has never fully recovered from a horrendous double leg break suffered in a clash with PSV Eindhoven at the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign.
Not seeing eye to eye
Since Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford last summer, Shaw has struggled to carve out any sort of regular playing time for himself, with Mourinho having publicly scolded the talented youngster for his attitude last season.
Shaw has gone on to make just 2 appearances for the Red Devils so far this season, both substitute cameos in the Carabao Cup.
All of Tottenham, Southampton and Fenerbahce have been linked with moves for Shaw, with Spurs viewed as the most likely destination for the 7-time capped international due to the presence of Mauricio Pochettino.
It had previously been unclear how much Manchester United were seeking in return for the Saints youth product, but, as per a number of outlets in England over recent weeks, the Red Devils are said to value their stopper at £20 million.
Out of favour
Versatile Italian full-back Darmian, meanwhile, arrived at Old Trafford from Torino in 2015, impressing during his debut campaign with the club on his way to racking up a respectable 24 Premier League starts.
However, he fell out of favour last season under Jose Mourinho, with the Portuguese tactician opting for the likes of Antonio Valencia and Daley Blind over the 36-time capped Azzurri international.
As a result, Darmian was heavily linked with a departure from Manchester during the summer, with a rake of Serie A sides having reportedly expressed an interest in bringing him back to Italy.
In the end, somewhat surprisingly, Jose Mourinho was the one who blocked a transfer for his 28-year-old stopper, with the former Inter Milan and Chelsea boss viewing Darmian as an important member of his squad, despite his lack of gametime.
However, with Darmian having managed just 4 appearances in the English top-flight so far this season (2 starts), reports have begun to intensify that he will push for an exit from Old Trafford in January, with the AC Milan youth product not likely to be short on options.
According to La Gazzetta Dello Sport, all of Juventus, Napoli and Roma are readying moves for Darmian, with the Bianconeri rumoured to be his first-choice destination.
United reportedly hope to raise between 35 and 40 million Euro from the sales of Shaw and Darmian, with that money set to be reinvested in offers for the likes of Danny Rose, Mesut Ozil and Carlos Soler.