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Darmian linked to United switch

Published 08/07/2015

Italy international Matteo Darmian made 32 Serie A appearances for Torino last season
Italy international Matteo Darmian made 32 Serie A appearances for Torino last season

Torino defender Matteo Darmian is on the verge of signing for Manchester United, according to reports in Italy.

Darmian has been strongly linked to United this summer and Sky Italia say an agreement has been reached between the two clubs for the 25-year-old to move to Old Trafford.

According to Sky Italia, Torino have accepted an initial fee of 18million euros (£12.9m) with a further two million euros (£1.43m) in variables.

Torino reportedly turned down an initial 12million euro bid from the Red Devils earlier this month.

Turin-based sports newspaper Tuttosport reported the player had already agreed personal terms with United.

Darmian is expected to sign a four-year deal and earn £2m per season.

Italy's first-choice right-back, Darmian has attracted the attention of top European clubs after another solid campaign with Toro, for whom he made 32 Serie A appearances in 2014-15.

Darmian, who joined Torino from Palermo in 2011, is also a reported target of Bayern Munich and Napoli and has two years left on his contract.

Toro president Urbano Cairo hinted earlier this week that Darmian could depart after four seasons at the club.

"I told Darmian last year after the World Cup that if offers arrived for him I could not sell him then," Cairo told the Italian press.

"We had already sold (Ciro) Immobile and (Alessio) Cerci and I could not afford to lose another excellent player.

"But I promised him we would review his situation this summer.

"Football is like this and it's normal that an extraordinary man like Matteo wants to try and win the Champions League.

"Torino can't win the Champions League."

Toro begin pre-season training on Wednesday before travelling to the Alpine resort of Bormio four days later.

Cairo also warned that any club wanting to sign Darmian must complete the deal before Sunday.

"One thing is clear, whoever travels to Bormio will remain with us for the whole season," he said.

"We are now in extra-time (with regards to the transfer market) and on Sunday there will be the final whistle."

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