Manchester United and Arsenal have the potential to land Serie A star Matteo Darmian this summer if they put a ‘crazy offer’ on the table, according to Torino president Urbano Cairo.
The quick full-back has been linked with both Premier League clubs recently, having impressed with Torino after producing an eye-catching display against England in the World Cup last year, and Cairo has admitted that they will not force him to stay if he is looking to leave.
The 25-year-old has yet to confirm either way whether or not he is looking to find himself a new club, but with both Arsenal and United likely to be boasting Champions League football next season and Torino only sitting in eighth in Serie A, it makes sense to assume he could be convinced to try his hand elsewhere.
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It’s a scenario Torino are preparing for it would seem, as Cairo told Italian outlet TuttoSport that a deal was feasible if Darmian wanted to leave and a suitor was willing to put forward an extortionate amount of money.
"We’re in a condition where we can keep hold of our players – we have no problems with the balance sheet," Cairo said, as relayed by the Daily Star.
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"If Darmian would like to stay then Torino will never sell him, but if he were to signal a desire to leave and if there were to be a crazy offer for him, we might sell.
"But I’ve not received anything yet."
Indeed much has been made over United’s supposed need for a new right-back, with neither Antonio Valencia or Rafael da Silva proving themselves overwhelmingly astute under Louis van Gaal.
The Dutchman will have plenty of money with which to revamp his squad in preparation for a conquest in the Champions League as well as on the Premier League title, and in fine-tuning his starting XI he could see the right-back berth as a position that needs improvement.
Arsenal’s interest is slightly more puzzling however given that they’ve got Mathieu Debuchy to come back from injury and the young Hector Bellerin performing admirably in his stead.
If Bellerin is purchased by a European superpower, which could very well happen, then perhaps a space will open up for Darmian, but at the moment Arsene Wenger doesn’t look like he needs another right-sided defender.
With that in mind the player himself would probably favour a move to United, where Van Gaal’s revolution will be getting ready to take its next step towards redemption.
A host of world-class stars have been linked with Old Trafford in recent times, Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale included, and the excitement surrounding how United’s setup might look next season will be an attractive prospect to any player looking to establish a reputation at the top of the game.
United fans, Arsenal fans, would your respective managers be right to pay a ‘crazy amount’ of money for Darmian? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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