Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Matteo Darmian from Torino, who has put pen-to-paper on a four year deal at Old Trafford, with an option of a further year.
The Italian International becomes Louis van Gaal’s second summer signing after Memphis Depay, with the fee believed to be in the region of £13m plus add-ons.
With Rafael da Silva likely to depart the club this summer, Darmian is seen as the long-term solution at right-back, with winger-by-trade Antonio Valencia filling the gap vacated by Rafael’s loss of form and injuries during the 2014/15 season.
Capped 13 times by Italy, Darmian is a versatile player, who can also do a job at left-back, right midfield, left midfield and centre-halve in a three if needs be.
He was named in Serie A’s Team of the Season in the 2013/14 season and Torino’s Player of the Season in the campaign just gone.
At 5ft11, Darmian’s height, tactical awareness, speed, energy and attitude make him the perfect option to fit into the manager’s profile of a player, with the term “multi-functional” springing to mind with regards to Darmian’s versatility.
Darmian came to prominence at last summer’s World Cup, excelling in Italy’s 2-1 group game win over England, causing Leighton Baines all kinds of problems, before going on to repeat his performance in the 1-1 friendly draw between the sides back in April.
He pipped Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio to Italy’s best player of the tournament in Brazil, with the likes of Juventus, Roma, Napoli, Barcelona and Bayern Munich thought to have been interested in the player’s signature.
But to the joy of all United fans, he has chosen Old Trafford as the place to continue his career, and we wish him all the success in the world, as he aims to rubber-stamp his authority in what has been a problem position for the club ever since Gary Neville retired.