Manchester United have today confirmed that Matteo Darmian has finally departed the club, securing a return to Serie A with Parma.
Italian international Darmian had been on the books of United since the summer of 2015, when he made the move to Old Trafford from Torino.
After initially taking to the rigours of the English game like a duck to water, though, the now 29-year-old’s game-time subsequently fell off a cliff over the seasons that followed.
As such, amid an evident dip in confidence, Darmian’s performances, when afforded the opportunity, began to suffer, leading to the former Milan man notching just 10 Premier League starts over the last two seasons combined.
As such, United’s persistence in standing firm in the face of offers for Darmian over the last couple of summers had always come as somewhat baffling.
The latest updates stemming from Italy over the last week, though, suggested that the stopper was finally set for an Old Trafford exit.
And, on the back of mounting speculation over the last 24 hours, Darmian’s United departure has this evening been made official.
The versatile Italian has secured a return to his home country, with Serie A outfit Parma:
🇮🇹 @DarmianOfficial has joined Parma on a permanent deal.
Buona fortuna, Matteo!
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 2, 2019
As confirmed by Parma, Darmian has put pen-to-paper on a deal at the Stadio Tardini until 2023:
Benvenuto Matteo @DarmianOfficial! ✍🏻💛💙
— Parma Calcio 1913 (@ParmaCalcio_en) September 2, 2019
Manchester United are reported to have pocketed a fee of around €4 million for their out-of-favour stopper:
Matteo Darmian finally makes his #MUFC exit, joining Parma for around €4m (£3.6m). The full-back has signed a deal until 2023. Sell-on clause included
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) September 2, 2019