Saturday 20 January 2018

Man Utd transfer news and rumours: 'United to complete £13 million signing of Matteo Darmian in next 24 hours'

Matteo Darmian has written a farewell letter to Torino fans
Matteo Darmian has written a farewell letter to Torino fans

Manchester United are poised to complete the £13 million signing of Matteo Darmian from Torino in the next 24 hours.

The Mirror reports that the Italy right-back has agreed a four-year deal worth £90,000-a-week, with an option for an extra year.

Darmian is expected to undergo his medical at United's AON Training Complex shortly and fly out with Louis van Gaal's squad to the US on Monday.

And after news of his move to Old Trafford broke in Italy, has published what appears to be an emotional open letter from Darmian to the club's supporters.

He also asks the fans not to think of him as 'evil' for leaving the club for United.


The letter reads:

The day has come, after three fantastic years, to leave Turin.

It has been a wonderful three years where I learned to play, have fun and I learned above all to live! It is thanks to my team-mates and my fans and Mr (Giampiero) Ventura, who is more than a coach to me, a second father.

Right now I have no words, I'm just crying. Remember that I leave Turin for a future career choice, not because I am evil. Turin will always be my second home, I never tire of her. I wish good luck to all the team and the fans.

This is not a goodbye but a see you soon. In these three years we went back to Serie A, we won against Juventus after 20 years and we are back in the Europa League. I think I go away with a clear conscience, at least I hope so. I did my best for this team, I gave all of my heart and my soul. It was an honor to play for Torino and also be the captain in a few games!

I think the love I gave to this city, will be returned in a few ways.

Thanks for everything Turin!

Matteo Darmian.


Darmian, 25, will become United's second signing of the summer following the £25 million capture of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven.

Meanwhile, United have re-entered into negotiations with Southampton over Morgan Schneiderlin.

The Daily Mail understands an Old Trafford representative travelled to the south coast on Wednesday in a bid to thrash out a deal for the France international.

United are thought to have tabled an offer of £20 million for Schneiderlin last month which was dismissed by Ronald Koeman as "not serious".

Talks over bringing the 25-year-old to Manchester then stalled - but the move is now back on and an improved offer is thought to be imminent.

United also still want to sign Bayern Munich veteran Bastian Schweinsteiger, says The Mirror, although the Germany international has not given a clear indication he wants to join the club.

Schweinsteiger, 30, is out of contract at Bayern next year and has become marginalised due to injuries and the arrivals of Thiago Alcantara and Xabi Alonso, while coach pep Guardiola has used full-backs Philipp Lahm and David Alaba in midfield.

Fenerbahce are hopeful they can reach agreement with United for Robin van Persie after further talks on Wednesday, reveals The Mail.

The Turkish club had initially offered £4.7 million for the 31-year-old striker, who has been offered a three-year deal with the option of an extra year.

United value Van Persie, who has one year left on his contract, at £10 million.

United also want £10 million for defender Jonny Evans who is a target for West Bromwich Albion.


Iker Casillas will part company with Real Madrid on Friday - if the World Cup-winning goalkeeper, and the club he has served for 25 years, can tie up the loose ends of his move to Porto.

Its completion will unlock Real's bid to sign David de Gea.

The Mail claims that, in the last few days, Real have agreed to ensure Casillas earns the same at his new club over the next two seasons as he would have earned by staying in Madrid until the end of his contract in 2017.

This will see them paying the difference between the £5.4 million (€7.5m) salary he earns at Madrid and the £2.5 million (€3.5m) Porto are prepared to pay him.

Speaking of goalkeepers, Ajax goalie Jasper Cillessen has admitted that he is aware of reported interest from United but insists he has not had any contact with his agent about a move.

The Old Trafford club are considering 26-year-old Cillessen as a replacement for De Gea, and he is quoted in The Mail as saying: "Of course, you hear some things about it through the media.

"But I keep myself away from it and I have not heard from my agents. I have it really good with Ajax. I am enjoying myself and I started training again with great pleasure."

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United are resigned to losing De Gea and are weighing up various options. The club are interested in Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, while Stoke's Asmir Begovic has also emerged as a target.

United have reportedly held talks with Bayern Munich over the futures of Mario Gotze, Schweinsteiger and Angel di Maria, reports The Metro.

The paper says that the trio are all facing uncertain periods in their careers; Di Maria struggled in his first season at Old Trafford, Gotze is understood to have fallen out with Guardiola, and Schweinsteiger could be moved on before his contract expires next year.

It is reported that super-agent Giovanni Branchini - who helped sort Guardiola's contract with Bayern - has been involved in the discussions.

The German pair, we are told, would likely cost United around £60 million, although they could offer Di Maria in a potential swap deal.

And finally, United are reportedly aiming to reshape their defence by pairing Valencia's Nicolas Otamendi with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos.

Reports suggest United are finally closing in on a deal for Otamendi, after months of negotiations, with Valencia seemingly preparing for his departure by moving for Ezequiel Garay.

But, according to AS, Van Gaal is keen to add more than one centre-back to his squad, and wants to partner Otamendi alongside Ramos in the heart of his defence. The eye-watering figure of £100 million is mentioned.

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