Manchester United have finally brought an end to their search for a right-back as they completed the signing of Italian international Matteo Darmian for a fee reported to be £14.37m. The former Torino player was presented before the media after he underwent a successful medical and agreed personal terms after landing in Manchester on Friday.
Darmian has signed a four year contract which would see him bag £30k per week at Old Trafford. United were in desperate need for a right-back and stepped up their interest in the Italian after missing out on Barcelona’s Dani Alves and then manager Van Gaal refusing a move for Nathaniel Clyne. United were forced to use a number of players in the right-back position due to injuries and poor form of Rafael Da Silva last season which forced the manager to jump in the market for a replacement.
Van Gaal had been impressed by Darmian’s showing in the Series A and moved for him and was pleased at having him sign for his side and said, “Matteo is a right-sided full back with the versatility of also being able to play on the left.
“He is a strong defender and has the ability to go forward in the attacking positions which is a fantastic attribute to have and much needed in the fast rhythm of the Premier League”
Matteo has 13 international caps for Italy and was a regular in the Azzuri side during the 2014 World Cup. On completing his move to United, Darmian said, “It is a dream come true.”
United may not have ended their activity in the market for the weekend as they are expected to sign Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich and he could be presented on Sunday.