Football: Manchester United ink 13m pound deal for Italy defender Darmian

Italy's defender Matteo Darmian (left) and Portugal's midfielder Ricardo Quaresma fight for the ball during the friendly game Portugal against Italy on the Stade de Geneve on June 16, 2015 in Geneva.
Italy's defender Matteo Darmian (left) and Portugal's midfielder Ricardo Quaresma fight for the ball during the friendly game Portugal against Italy on the Stade de Geneve on June 16, 2015 in Geneva.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (THE GUARDIAN) - Manchester United have sealed a deal to sign Torino full-back Matteo Darmian for a fee of around 13 million pounds (S$27.2 million) on Wednesday.

It is believed the Italy international has agreed a four-year contract worth around £30,000 a week with the player set to be officially presented during a news conference on Friday.

United manager Louis van Gaal has been looking for a right-back since missing out on Barcelona's Dani Alves and has decided that Darmian fits the bill. The 25-year-old started all of Italy's group matches at last summer's World Cup in Brazil and has 13 caps for his country.

Darmian can also play at centre-back though it is the right side of the rearguard where he has most impressed.