Manchester United have agreed a fee with Torino for the Italian right-back Matteo Darmian, according to reports.
The Red Devils will pay £12.7m (€18m) for the Serie A club’s prized defender, after rejecting the Premier League side’s first two offers, claims Sky Italia.
Louis van Gaal decided against signing Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne, who eventually joined Liverpool, and now it appears the Dutchman was waiting for a deal to be completed for Darmian.
The 25-year-old is used to playing at right-back, but can fill in at centre-half and has played 13 times for his country and has 133 appearances for Torino with 13 goals to his name.
Although he started his career as a centre-back, in recent years Darmian has played as a dynamic fullback on either flank; although he prefers the right. He is known for his good quality of offensive and defensive play, his tactical awareness, his pace, and his stamina, attributes which have led him to be compared to legendary Italian fullback Antonio Cabrini. In 2012–13, Darmian made the most tackles per game (5.3) across Europe’s top five leagues.
Matteo Darmian began his career at A.C. Milan, making his Serie A debut at age 17, and in 2009 joined Padova, whom he helped avoid relegation from Serie B in his only season there. He then returned to Serie A with Palermo, and one year later, Torino.
Formerly a youth international from under-17 to under-21 level, Darmian made his senior debut for Italy in May 2014, and represented the nation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Given his excellent season with Torino, on 13 May 2014, he was included in the list of 30 provisional players for the 2014 World Cup.
He made his debut for the Azzurri on 31 May 2014, at age 24, playing as a right-back in a friendly match with Ireland (0–0) held in London.