Sunday 17 December 2017

Man United agree £12.7m fee for Matteo Darmian after Everton rebuff Seamus Coleman move

Matteo Darmian and Seamus Coleman
Matteo Darmian and Seamus Coleman

Manchester United are closing in on a deal to sign Italy full-back Matteo Darmian.

According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, United have agreed a £12.7 million fee with Torino for the 25 year-old, having had two earlier bids rejected.

Darmian can play on either side of defence although his preference is at right-back, a position Louis van Gaal has made his priority to strengthen.

The Daily Star adds that United have switched their attention to Darmian having already missed out on Dani Alves and Nathaniel Clyne, while Everton rebuffed an enquiry for Seamus Coleman.

We are told that Darmian, who has two years remaining on his current deal at Torino, will sign a four-year deal at Old Trafford worth £50,000-a-week.

Meanwhile, The Daily Mail says 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.

United are hopeful of securing the signature of Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin before flying to the United States on Monday for the start of their summer tour.

Van Gaal has had one bid of around £20 million rejected, with Saints boss Ronald Koeman valuing Schneiderlin at £27 million. However, United believe the player could be acquired for closer to £25 million.

The Guardian reports that, while it is understood a second offer is yet to be lodged for the 25 year-old, United have noted Koeman's comments that Schneiderlin could be sold at the right price.

Koeman wants to bring in Schneiderlin's replacement as early as he can and is targeting Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie.

Fenerbahce have stepped up their efforts to sign Robin van Persie.

The Turkish club are understood to have held talks with United in London about a potential deal for the striker, reports The Mirror.

Fenerbahce director Giuliano Terraneo flew to London for the meeting, with United willing to listen to offers for the 31-year-old Dutchman, who is out of contract next summer.

Former United winger Nani signed for Fenerbahce this week in a £4.5 million deal and Van Persie could soon join his former team-mate in leaving Manchester for Istanbul.

United want around £12 million, says The Mirror, but are likely to have to reach a compromise with Fenerbahce, who are not willing to go that high.

Meanwhile, Man United are supposedly closing in on the signing of Sergio Ramos with a huge offer going in for his services, claims The Metro.

We are told that reports in Spain say personal terms have been sorted on a £150,000-a-week contract and now respected COPE reporter Paco Gonzalez insists United are putting their money where their mouth is to get Ramos signed.

It is believed the offer would have to be in the region of £63 million to tempt Madrid into selling.

And finally - we've kept potentially the best and yet, more likely, ludicrous for last - Manchester United have made a £99.5 million offer to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.

This is again coming from The Metro, who are again sourcing Spanish outlet COPE, which says United have rekindled their interest in the Welsman.

Madrid are believed to have rejected the bid, but apparently United will launch another.

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