Chelsea is reportedly in the race, competing against Manchester United, for the signature of Federico Dimarco from Inter Milan during the January transfer window.
Dimarco, a product of Inter Milan’s academy, solidified his position in the first team during the 2021/22 season following numerous loan spells. The 25-year-old, mainly a left-back who can also venture forward, played a crucial role in Inter’s journey to the Champions League final last season, drawing attention from several leading European clubs. This interest has grown as Inter struggles to secure him on a new contract.
Paris Saint-Germain has shown interest, and it has been reported that Erik ten Hag, Manchester United’s manager, has included Dimarco on his list of potential left-back acquisitions. Injuries in this position have forced Ten Hag to adapt, utilising Victor Lindelof and Sofyan Amrabat, due to the absences of Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, and Sergio Reguilon. Dimarco’s ability to play in various positions is a key attraction for the Dutch coach.
According to TEAMtalk, Manchester United has sent scouts to watch Dimarco multiple times, and they are encouraged by Inter’s current inability to finalise a new contract with the Italian international. His existing contract runs until 2026, indicating no immediate pressure, but there is believed to be some discontent within Dimarco’s circle concerning his relatively modest earnings. It has been reported that Inter will command a fee of £50million for Dimarco in the transfer window.
Manchester United is prepared to offer a more lucrative salary, and Chelsea is also willing to do the same. CaughtOffside reports that Chelsea has stepped up their interest, making an ‘enquiry’ as they address their own challenges in the left-back position. While Marc Cucurella has shown promise since his return, Ben Chilwell’s recurring injury issues remain a significant concern.
CaughtOffside also notes that while negotiations between Inter and Dimarco for a new deal have been sluggish, progress is being made. This situation puts pressure on both Chelsea and Manchester United to disrupt these talks if they wish to bring Dimarco to the Premier League.