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Manchester United close in on £12.9m Matteo Darmian deal

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Manchester United are close to completing their second signing of the summer window after agreeing a £12.9 million fee for Matteo Darmian from Torino, according to the Guardian.

The Italian international has also agreed a four year contract worth £30,000-per-week ahead of his switch to Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old has burst onto the scene over the last year or so, featuring for Italy in all three of his country's World Cup fixtures in Brazil last summer. Having missed out on Dani Alves after the Brazilian opted to sign a new contract with Barcelona, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has identified Darmian as the man for the job.

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Last season Van Gaal opted to deploy winger Antonio Valencia at right-back ahead of specialist Rafael, who now seems destined to leave the club. The Red Devils were also linked with Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne but opted against a move, allowing Liverpool to swoop for his signature.

There initially seemed to be a hold up after the Red Devils offered £10 million while Torino were holding out for £14 million. It seems as though the two parties have agreed to meet in the middle and the Italian is likely to link up with his new team before they depart for their pre-season tour to north America.

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A letter that Darmian is said to have penned saying farewell to fans in Turin has surfaced on the web, although for the time being it hasn't been confirmed as genuine. He is quoted as saying: "The day has come, after 3 years fantastic leave Turin.

"Wonderful three years where I learned to play, have fun and I learned above all to live! It is thanks to my teammates and my fans who have become so, a player tried from all over Europe, is only about your and Mr. Ventura, more than a coach for me, the second father."

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Torino's president claimed yesterday that Darmian should be playing for a Champions League-winning team, and while it's up for debate if Manchester United are just that it looks as though the Italian is about to get his move.

It seems to make sense for the Red Devils; there are a serious lack of full-back options available this summer after Alves decided against moving. Fabio Coentrao was suggested as one option but he's too expensive and been out of the Real Madrid team for some time, while Clyne never looked like being a serious option.

Darmian is the best of the rest and should be a solid option for Manchester United in their upcoming campaign. 

Do you think Van Gaal has been forced to settle for a mediocre player after missing out on Alves?

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