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Man United close to sealing Italian full-back's signature after agreeing €17m fee

Matteo Darmian is expected to become the Premier League club’s second signing of the summer.

Darmian up against England's Leighton Baines on international duty.
Darmian up against England's Leighton Baines on international duty.
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MANCHESTER UNITED HAVE reportedly agreed a fee with Torino for defender Matteo Darmian.

Louis van Gaal is in the market for a right full-back as he doesn’t appear to trust Rafael, with Antonion Valencia filling in the role for much of last season.

Barcelona’s Dani Alves, Fabinho of Monaco and Ireland international Seamus Coleman have all been mentioned as possible replacements in recent months but the Red Devils appear to have turned their attention to 25-year-old Darmian.

Capped 13 times for Italy, the versatile defender, who came through the ranks at AC Milan, will cost around €17 million (£12.5m) and Torino president Urbano Cairo revealed this week that three clubs in total had made bids.

“Everyone who comes to the pre-season training camp will remain with us for the rest of the season,” he told La Stampa.

“Sunday will be the deadline. Three offers have arrived for Darmian, but out of respect for the clubs who have made them, I won’t reveal who they are.

Darmian is an extraordinary player who will want to try and win the Champions League one day.”

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