Premier League giants Manchester United have reportedly agreed a fee with Italian side Torino for defender Matteo Darmian, according to Sky Sports.
The Serie A club rejected United’s initial bid of £8.5million and after negotiations the Red Devils will now pay £12.7million for the Italian defender’s services.
Having seen their primary transfer targets keeping their distance from a move to Old Trafford - Dani Alves is remaining with Barcelona after signing a new deal and Nathaniel Clyne joined Liverpool instead - manager Louis van Gaal has turned his attention to Darmian to solve United’s defensive issues.
Manchester United were criticised last season for the lack of quality defenders in the squad which resulted in them suffering defensively, prompting Van Gaal to go for an overhaul in the defensive department.
Manchester United will listen to offers for Brazilian right-back Rafael da Silva after a torrid spell under Van Gaal. He succumbed to injury after being out-of-form for the most part of the 2014-15 season. Jonny Evans looks set for the exit doors this summer too.
Van Gaal assigned the right-back role temporarily to Antonio Valencia last term but is now looking for a permanent solution to the problem.
The 25-year old Italian is said to have already agreed personal terms with United, and will now undergo a medical before signing for the Old Trafford based outfit.
Darmian’s versatility has earned him praise with TalkSPORT quoting former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli as saying: ”Not only does he show great enthusiasm, he quickly understood what I was looking for in that position.”
World Cup winning Italian full-back Antonio Carbrini added: ”Darmian can become the focal point of the Azzurri defence for many years.”
Though he prefers the right side of defence, Darmian is astute in playing as a centre-back as well as a left-back, giving Van Gaal varied options for the coming season. United want to wrap the deal before they leave for pre-season in the US on Monday and are likely to announce the signing by the end of the week.