Torino club president Urbano Cairo has revealed that three clubs have tabled offers for defender Matteo Darmian amidst interest from Manchester United.
The Red Devils are said to be 'very close' to signing a deal for the Italian international, although they are yet to agree a fee.
Manchester United are said to value Darmian at £10 million while his current employers are holding out for closer to £14 million. Despite that, the Mirror claim that Louis van Gaal is confident of getting the deal over the line before his team depart for a pre-season tour to north America.
The Premier League giants have been in the market for an option at full-back this summer and having missed out on both Dani Alves and Nathaniel Clyne and now seem to be closing in on their man - however Cairo suggests the deal is far from done.
He also added that any move for Darmian, who featured in all three of Italy's World Cup matches last summer, must be completed before the start of pre-season training commences later this week.
“Everyone who comes to the pre-season training camp will remain with us for the rest of the season,” he said. “Sunday will be the deadline. Three offers have arrived for Darmian, but out of respect for the clubs who have made them, I won’t reveal who they are.
"Darmian is an extraordinary player who will want to try and win the Champions League one day.”
Van Gaal was forced to use winger Antonio Valencia as a make-shift right-back last season having decided that specialist Rafael wasn't up to the task. Darmian has emerged as a top-class operator in the position having also played at left-back in his career.
The Red Devils have already wrapped up one deal for PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay, and are expected to splash some serious cash before the window slams shut.
Chief amongst Van Gaal's targets is said to be a centre-back and a striker, and although he's identified Sergio Ramos as the man to fill the gap in his defence, he seems no closer to securing a deal.
So far Real Madrid have turned down one offer worth around £28 million for the Spanish defender and won't let him leave unless Manchester United relent and allow David de Gea head towards the Bernabeu.
De Gea has one year left on his contract and has turned down the offer of an extension - however he has returned to pre-season training with Manchester United as talks drag on.
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