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Matteo Darmian leaves Man Utd, joins Parma on a four-year deal

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Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian has joined Italian Serie A side Parma on a four-year deal.

The 29-year-old was signed by former Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal from Italian side Torino for a reported fee of £12.7m in July 2015.

The Italy international went on to make 92 appearances for the club, helping them to the FA Cup in his first season.

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However, he made only seven appearances for United last season and has not featured at all this term.

Darmian had played only 13 times for the club since December 2017 and his contract was due to expire in 2020.

His move comes after fellow defender Chris Smalling left to join Roma on the loan while forwards Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku have both joined Inter Milan.

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United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been willing to let Darmian leave, with the Italian having said he was keen to go 12 months ago.

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JUST IN: EPL to resume June 17

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The Premier League season will resume on June 17, it has been confirmed.

Manchester City versus Arsenal will be one of the first matches to be played.

Aston Villa’s home clash with Sheffield United will also be played same day to mark the return of the English top flight.

A full fixture list will then be played on the weekend of June 19 to 21, with the agreement coming after Premier League clubs met on Thursday to continue discussions over ‘Project Restart.

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Details shortly…

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Belgian Cup final back on and set for Aug. 1

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Belgian Cup final back on and set for Aug. 1

League champions Club Bruges will meet Royal Antwerp in the Belgian Cup final on Aug. 1, the Belgian football association said on Thursday.

The match, which is holding in spite of the rest of the 2019/2020 season having been called off, will take place behind closed doors at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

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The decision was announced after the two clubs, the Belgian Pro League and football association met with city officials to sort out arrangements and police and security services gave a green light.

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The final was originally supposed to be played on March 22 but was called off at the start of the COVID-19 health crisis.

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Belgium has since ended its season early with Club Bruges declared champions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Transfer: Real Madrid offer Man Utd four players to seal Pogba deal

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Transfer: Real Madrid offer Man Utd four players to seal Pogba deal

In a bid to sign France midfielder, Paul Pogba, La Liga side, Real Madrid has offered Manchester United four players.

According to newsmen Odegaard, 21, James Rodriguez; Lucas Vazquez and ex-City midfielder Brahim Diaz are the lists of those who could be offered in part exchange.

However, Manchester United are not ready to let go of the France international.

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Reports have it that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to pair Pogba and Bruno Fernandes; the pair trained together for the first time yesterday.

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In any case, Solskjaer wants Borussia Dortmund forward Sancho and Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.

However, Man United have been financially strained due to the effect of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

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United could raise further funds by selling Pogba to Real Madrid, who are also looking to save money by snubbing outright buy deals in favour of swaps.

United revealed revenues for the first three months of 2020 were down almost £30m — while net debt soared to £429.1m.

The first 18 days of lockdown cost them £23m, with Woodward insisting: “It will not be business as usual for some time.”

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