It is a transfer rumour that has come from absolutely nowhere and looks like being Manchester United’s second piece of concrete transfer business this summer.
Yes, Torino’s Italian international right back Matteo Darmian is reportedly closing in on a switch to Old Trafford after the Red Devils agreed a £12.7 million fee with the Serie A club.
While some Red Devils punters in the bar are asking ‘who?’, more informed regulars are reminding them that Darmian was the right back who terrorised England in Italy’s 2-1 triumph over the Three Lions during the group stages of the World Cup in Manaus last summer.
Alongside Antonio Candreva, Darmian was the Azzurri’s other standout player on the night in Brazil with the player revered for his raiding runs up the right flank, attacking in equal measure to his defensive duties.
With Luke Shaw set to improve at left back, the prospect of both him and Darmian attacking from deep in Louis van Gaal’s philosophy seems a fairly excitable prospect.
At this moment our landlord is smirking a little at the fact that a lot of Manchester United fans who didn’t know a lot about Darmian are now claiming to be experts while raving about the deal, much like Liverpool fans with Roberto Firmino a few weeks back!
Nevertheless, with Darmian set to represent capture number two after Memphis Depay, who else could be joining the Italian at Old Trafford this summer?
Click on the image below to reveal the 5 players to follow Matteo Darmian to Manchester United this summer.