Manchester United close in on Matteo Darmian after Torino agree to transfer deal

It has been reported that an agreement has been reached between the two clubs for the Italian defender to move to Old Trafford. Torino are said to have accepted an initial fee of €18 million (Dh73m) with a further €2m in variables.

Italy defender Matteo Darmian will reportedly sign a four-year deal with Manchester United worth £2m (Dh11.3m) a season and will have a medical on Friday.  EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
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Defender Matteo Darmian looks set to join Manchester United after Torino reportedly agreed a transfer fee for the Italian.

Four-year deal

Sky Italia reported on Thursday that an agreement has been reached between the two clubs for the Italian defender to move to Old Trafford.

Torino are said to have accepted an initial fee of €18 million (Dh73m) with a further €2m in variables.

Darmian will reportedly sign a four-year deal with United worth £2m (Dh11.3m) a season and will have a medical on Friday.

Attracted attention

Italy’s first-choice right-back, Darmian has attracted the attention of top European clubs after another solid campaign with Torino, for whom he made 32 Serie A appearances last season.

Darmian, who joined Torino from Palermo in 2011, has also been a reported target of Bayern Munich and Napoli and has two years left on his contract.

Uefa Champions league

Torino president Urbano Cairo hinted this week that Darmian could depart after four seasons at the club.

“I told Darmian last year after the World Cup that if offers arrived for him I could not sell him then,” Cairo said.

“But I promised him we would review his situation this summer. Football is like this and it’s normal that an extraordinary man like Matteo wants to try and win the Champions League. Torino can’t win the Champions League.”

Final whistle

Torino began pre-season training on Wednesday and are travelling to the Alpine resort of Bormio this weekend.

Cairo also warned that any club wanting to sign Darmian must complete the deal before Sunday.

“One thing is clear, whoever travels to Bormio will remain with us for the whole season,” he said. “We are now in extra-time (with regards to the transfer market) and on Sunday there will be the final whistle.”

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