Torino have at last allowed Danilo D’Ambrosio to join Inter, creating an area of need at full-back.
The 25-year-old had been linked with nearly all of Italy’s top clubs in the fall, his contract with the Granata set to expire in the coming summer as renewal talks sputtered.
A versatile figure, the youth product of Fiorentina covered nearly every position outside of attack for boss Giampiero Ventura at the Stadio Olimpico.
D’Ambrosio had reportedly grown weary of being used as a utility man – desiring steady opportunities in his natural wing-back role – as such making the decision to move to San Siro, where he’ll be well-suited to Walter Mazzarri’s 3-5-2 formation.
Inter confirmed the capture of the Naples native on Thursday in an outright purchase, leaving Torino requiring cover in their improbable quest for Europa League qualification.
Last week La Stampa reported that the Stadio Olimpico outfit had taken a shine to Manchester United’s Guillermo Varela – the maiden signing of the David Moyes era.
The Uruguayan joined from Penarol over the past summer after a successful showing at the U-20 World Cup, but wasn’t sent out on loan as expected.
Varela hasn’t yet been handed any minutes for the senior squad, though has been a constant presence in the U-21 under Warren Joyce.
With D’Ambrosio gone a loan move to Torino could serve both parties well, allowing the 20-year-old to gain much-needed experience whilst giving the Granata an option to soften the blow of losing a top performer.
La Stampa suggested that negotiations for Varela could include an option to make the move to northern Italy permanent for a fixed fee, though Torino are in need and United could take necessary precautions to safeguard their investment.
The two clubs would have to move quickly if any sort of arrangement is to be reached as the window’s closing is imminent, however it appears that if both sides are keen, the potential benefit may be enough to expedite the process.
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