Man United quoted £14m for defender; transfer could be imminent

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Reports indicate that a bid of £14 million would be enough for Manchester United to secure Torino defender Matteo Darmian.

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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.