Matteo Darmian.

Solskjaer's transfer update on Darmian and Rojo

Friday 30 August 2019 11:05

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested that Matteo Darmian may leave Manchester United for his native Italy, but fellow defender Marcos Rojo is definitely staying.

The European transfer window is set to close on Monday 2 September, with clubs in Serie A working to a 19:00 BST deadline, while teams in La Liga and Ligue 1 have up until 23:00 BST.

During a press conference at the Aon Training Complex, to preview the Reds’ Premier League match against Southampton, the manager was asked whether Darmian or Rojo might leave the club.

“I can see maybe Matteo [leaving] - there has been some interest in Matteo over in Italy,” said Ole.

“Marcos, he’s staying, definitely. So, we’ve got a squad now that is less in numbers but still big enough and strong enough to have cover in all positions.”
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It was confirmed on Thursday evening that United forward Alexis Sanchez has agreed to join Internazionale on a season-long loan that will run until June 2020.

The 30-year-old Chilean had made 45 appearances and scored five goals since completing his transfer to Old Trafford from Arsenal in January 2017. 

He has joined an Inter squad that also features his former United team-mate Romelu Lukaku and, as Solskjaer told reporters, he can hopefully reignite his form while playing in Italy.

“I think Alexis needed to go,” explained Ole in his press conference.  

“He’s been here for 18 months and it’s not really worked out for him. For him, to restart and get himself playing regularly, and scoring goals, that will only benefit everyone. 

“For us, we’re going to watch every weekend to see Alexis and Romelu playing together.”

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