Matteo Darmian will become a Manchester United player in the coming days, with Torino boss Giampiero Ventura having confirmed the move is taking place.
The Italian defender has been something of a surprise target for the Red Devils of late since Louis van Gaal was thought to be intent on signing either Nathaniel Clyne or Seamus Coleman. The former of course penned a deal with Liverpool last week, and the latter doesn’t appear to be of interest to United anymore.
Enter Darmian, who impressed for Italy during last summer’s World Cup and has been a consistently good performer in Serie A for quite some time.
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Yesterday it was reported that United had agreed a fee of £12.9million for the right-back, with the player himself revealing a farewell letter he had penned to Torino fans.
Now, as a final act of confirmation - as relayed by ESPN - Darmian’s manager, Ventura, has had his say on the speculation, announcing it not only as true but also as the realisation of his player’s dreams.
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"Matteo Darmian will play for Manchester United. It's a dream for him," Ventura said.
"It's true, Darmian will play in the Champions League with Manchester United.
"Matteo deserves a top team and always dreamed of playing in the Champions League, so now that dream will be realised."
What this means is that fans can expect to see a picture of Darmian holding a United shirt within the next 48 hours - a standard medical is probably the only thing stopping the agreement from being official.
The 25-year-old will become United’s latest big signing, with Memphis Depay already essentially on the books and a host of other targets being pursued.
End for Rafael?
However, Darmian’s arrival is also sure to mark the end of Rafael da Silva’s career. The Brazilian right-back has been a reliable servant of the Red Devils over the years but it appears his input is not as strongly desired by Van Gaal as it was under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Since he struggled to get regular opportunities last term - he wasn’t helped by injuries it must be said - he’s been linked with an exit this summer to the tune of under £10m.
Darmian’s acquisition places yet another name ahead of him in the pecking order, leaving a move to pastures new the logical option if he wants game-time.
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