7 Jul 2015

Manchester United close in on Torino defender Matteo Darmian

Manchester United are closing in on the signing of right-sided defender Matteo Darmian after discussions with Italian club Torino reached an advanced stage.

United are in need of a player who can play right back after manager Louis van Gaal decided the Brazilian Rafael is not up to the job.

It is understood that United have been negotiating with Torino over 25-year-old Darmian and are hopeful of reaching an agreement in the region of £11m.

Darmian is an Italian international with 13 caps and at almost 6ft tall would help Van Gaal with probems he identified last season in terms of the relatively small composition of his team.

Speaking last season, Van Gaal said: 'In set plays, it is very difficult but that is because of the height of the team - maybe you can advise me to buy tall players.'

Van Gaal is hoping to offload Rafael before the start of the new season and will also listen to offers for central defender Jonny Evans who has not been offered a new contract.

Credit: SportsMail

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