Report: Matteo Darmian joins Inter, Chelsea trio set to follow

Lane Dias October 5, 2020
Report: Matteo Darmian joins Inter, Chelsea trio set to follow
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Inter Milan have announced the signing of former Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian on a season-long loan from fellow Serie A outfit Parma and could now add a Chelsea trio.

The defender, who was part of Il Biscione manager Antonio Conte’s Italy squad for the 2016 European Championship, will reunite with his compatriot, as well as Ashley Young, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, now permanent acquisitions from The Red Devils.

The loan move also includes an additional option to purchase the player on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

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Choice of Chelsea trio

The Nerazzurri had reportedly been keen on luring Chelsea full-backs Emerson Palmieri, Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses back to Italy, with the trio having previously played for Roma, Fiorentina and Inter respectively.

The former duo were both signed by current Inter manager Antonio Conte during his two-year tenure at Stamford Bridge, and were tipped to rejoin the Italian in Milan.

According to The Independent, West Ham United were also keen on Palmieri, who has made just two appearances in all competitions this season for The Blues.

Moses enjoyed a loan spell with La Beneamata during the second half of last season, making 20 appearances overall and providing five assists. He helped the side finish as runners-up in Serie A and the Europa League, and reached the Coppa Italia semi finals.

However, with Darmian’s acquisition and the prior signing of Aleksandar Kolarov, the trio would arguably find it difficult to get game time.

Leaving it late

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano did however, suggest that Juventus had entered the race for the Brazilian-born Emerson and also reported that the Nerazzurri were looking to bring Moses back on loan, with Antonio Rudiger linked with a move to Inter’s neighbours Milan.

It remains to be seen whether a move for either will materialise, but with the window closing at 19:00pm BST, Inter will have to move quickly.

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