Man United finalise deal for Italian right-back Matteo Darmian

Manchester United have completed the signing of Torino right-back Matteo Darmian for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £12.7m.

The 25-year-old has singed a four-year deal – with the option of a further year –  at Old Trafford, after he completed a medical at United’s Carrington training ground on Saturday afternoon.

Darmian – who made 146 appearances in four seasons for Torino – told that it is a dream come true and looks forward to the new chapter in his career.

“It is a dream come true to be joining Manchester United,” said the Italian defender.

“I have loved the time that I have spent at Torino and I would like to thank the club and the fans for everything they have done for me.  I am sure they can understand when the opportunity to join the biggest club in world came along it was something I had to do.

“To work with Louis van Gaal, a manager that has achieved so much in football is such an exciting prospect.”

He becomes United’s second summer signing following the arrival of Memphis Depay and could soon be joined by a third, after United agreed a deal with Bayern Munich to bring German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger to the Premier League.

Man United manager Louis van Gaal was delighted with his new signing and reckon Darmian will have no problems in adapting to the English game.

“Matteo is a right-sided full back with the versatility of also being able to play on the left,” said the Dutchman.

“He is a strong defender and has the ability to go forward in the attacking positions which is a fantastic attribute to have and much needed in the fast rhythm of the Premier League.”

Personal thoughts

I don’t know a lot about Matteo Darmian but what I have heard, I really look forward to see what he can bring to the United team next season. He is exactly what van Gall wanted in an attack mined right-back.

Gone are the days of right-midfielder Antonio Valencia playing as a right-back. He is very much a welcomed addtion in my books, but we need to keep hold of Rafael for some back-up.

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