Man United’s £12m Player of the Year assessed – a steal of a signing!

first_imgNot only did he show great enthusiasm, he quickly understood what I was looking for in that position– Former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli praises Darmian’s ability[Darmian] can become a focal point of the Azzurri defence for many years– Italy’s 1982 World Cup winning full-back Antonio Carbrini has been impressedHe says:Paolo Maldini was always my role model. I was even lucky enough to get to train with him. He’s a legend so go easy with the comparisonsVideo evidence: Man United have reportedly landed Matteo Darmian from Torino, so talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight runs the rule over the defender.Name: Matteo DarmianDate of birth: 02/12/89Born: Legnano, northern ItalyClub: TorinoPosition: DefenceInternational: 13 Italy caps (correct as of 07/07/15)What’s the latest?Man United have apparently won the race for 25-year-old Darmian and will pay Torino £12.7m for his services, beating competition from the likes of Roma and Napoli. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but if he leaves, then Darmian will become another high profile Torino departure, following in the footsteps of Angelo Ogbonna (Juventus), Ciro Immobile (Borussia Dortmund) and Alessio Cerci (Atletico Madrid, now on loan at Milan).Did you know?1) Darmian began at Milan and captained the side’s youth team but his appearances in the first team, where he made his debut in 2006, were limited. He was loaned to Padova during this time and sold in a co-ownership deal to Palermo in 2010, who passed him onto Torino a year later, with the club eventually buying Milan’s remaining stake in the player.2) Able to play right or left-back, Darmian is a real handful for defenders when he sets off on one of his surging runs forward, but is is also strong defensively. He has even been compared with former Milan and Italy full-back Paolo Maldini, something he is quick to play down.3) Darmian made his senior Italy debut against Ireland at Craven Cottage in 2014 just two weeks before the World Cup in Brazil began. He impressed Cesare Prandelli so much that he was included in the 23-man squad and gave the manager no choice but to include him in the starting XI. England fans may remember him as that thorn in the side of Roy Hodgson’s team in their 2-1 loss to Italy at the 2014 World Cup.4) He was voted by fans as the Italian national team’s player of the year for 2014, picking up il Pallone Azzurro (the blue ball).5) When Juventus were beaten by Torino for the first time since 1995 at the end of last season, Darmian was at the heart of his side’s attack, equalising after Andrea Pirlo had put their Turin rivals ahead before Fabio Quagliarella’s winner.What is being said?They say: 1center_img Manchester United have reportedly signed Matteo Darmian from Torino last_img read more