Chelsea are reportedly set to battle Manchester United for the signing of Inter Milan defender, Federico Dimarco ahead of the January transfer window.
Having spent several seasons on loan, Dimarco only made his first team debut at the beginning of the 2021–2022 season, despite having come through the Inter academy system.
The 25-year-old, who can play farther forward but is mainly a left-back, was especially strong for Inter during their run to the UEFA Champions League final last campaign.
And since the Nerazzurri are unable to sign him to a new contract, his performances have drawn interest from other elite European teams.
Paris Saint-Germain are interested. And rumors have it that Erik ten Hag, who manages United, has put Dimarco on a shortlist of potential left-back acquisitions due to his difficulties with injuries in that department.
Due to the absence of Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, and Sergio Reguilon this season, the Dutch manager has deployed Victor Lindelof and Sofyan Amrabat in that role. It is said that the Ten Hag is particularly drawn to Dimarco’s versatility.
United have “scouted Dimarco on several occasions,” Football365 reported. And they must have been encouraged by Inter’s struggle to convince the Italy international to accept new terms.
According to the report, Chelsea have also entered the fray for his signature. Ben Chilwell’s struggles with injuries and Marc Cucurella’s inconsistent performance since his move from Brighton have seen the Blues look into the market for potential signing in the position.
There may not be much of a rush because his current contract expires in 2026. But it is believed that “there has been some frustration in the player’s camp due to his relatively low wages.”
Dimarco has been an instrumental figure for the Milanese club since the beginning of the season. The 25-year-old has featured in 10 games so far, contributing one goal and three assists as Inter sit top of the Serie A standings with 22 points.
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