Reports indicate that a bid of £14 million would be enough for Manchester United to secure Torino defender Matteo Darmian.
The Red Devils are keen to bolster their defensive options this summer and are considering the Italy international as a potential solution to their problems.
According to the Express, Torino have already received a £12.5 million-offer for the player from Bayern Munich, but would accept an offer from United if they could meet the club’s £14 million-evaluation.
The Turin outfit are keen to get a deal sorted imminently and have set a deadline of the end of June for both United and Bayern to decide if they are going to make a move for the 25-year-old.
Il Toro are, however, expecting Darmian to leave the club, having attracted extensive interest from some of Europe’s major sides following a series of consistent and resolute displays this term. He has helped Torino to 10th in Serie A and the club also enjoyed a Europa League run.
It is little secret that Louis van Gaal is keen to bring in another defender or two during the summer window.
United have been linked with 32-year-old Barcelona full-back Dani Alves [Mirror], Paris Saint-Germain’s Netherlands international Gregory van der Wiel [Metro] and Seamus Coleman of Everton [Irish Independent]. However, the club are believed to have dropped their interest in England right-back Nathaniel Clyne [The Guardian].
According to La Stampa [via the Express], Darmian himself is keen on a move to Old Trafford.
If the player does move to Manchester, van Gaal will be able to call upon at least five players for the right-back berth, with Antonio Valencia, Rafael, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones all capable of operating in this position.
11-cap Darmian is also a versatile operator and could operate in the heart of the defence, as well as on either flank.