Tuesday 25 October 2016

Darmian deal is ready to be sealed

Italian right back on his way but no Hummels for now

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 E18million (£12.9m) with a further e2m (£1.43m) in variables.

Torino reportedly turned down an initial e12m 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.

As 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 today 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."

In-demand Germany defender Mats Hummels will stay with Borussia Dortmund for another year but offered no assurances about his long-term future.

The 26-year-old World Cup winner has been linked heavily with a move to Manchester United and admitted to being flattered by the interest.

But having seen a number of team-mates, such as Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski, leave the club in recent seasons, Hummels was not ready to depart Dortmund yet.

"There have always been rumours about almost every one of our players, but I decided not to make the move this year," Hummels told reporters in Singapore yesterday ahead of a pre-season friendly over the Malaysian border today.

"Of course when the big clubs are interested, and Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world, it's an honour. But I decided I wanted to stay here."

Hummels, who begun his career with Bayern Munich, has another two years left on his contract with Dortmund, who are now coached by Thomas Tuchel after Juergen Klopp stepped down last season.

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