Report: Arsenal eye €15m deal for Matteo Darmian, Barcelona also interested

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Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Torino defender Matteo Darmian.

According to Tuttosport, Arsenal are interested in signing Torino defender Matteo Darmian - but face strong competition for his signature.

The Gunners have been in sensational form in 2015, and are now looking to secure second place this season and avoid the qualifying rounds of the Champions League next term.

Manager Arsene Wenger is likely to once again be active in the transfer market this summer, having landed Alexis Sanchez, David Ospina, Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy in 2014.

Many fans expect centre back and central midfield to be positions addressed this summer, but Tuttosport suggest that Arsenal are looking to land Italian international Darmian.

The 24-year-old, formerly of AC Milan, featured for Italy at last summer's World Cup, and has built up a reputation as one of Europe's finest full backs.

Capable of playing at left back and right back, Darmian is a versatile player who has been Torino's main man since the departures of Alessio Cerci and Ciro Immobile last summer.

However, Arsenal aren't the only team in the race for his signature, with Tuttosport also suggesting that Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also interested in Darmian, though Barcelona's transfer ban means they wouldn't be able to sign him until January 2016.

Arsenal's alleged interest is interesting and confusing in equal measure; Hector Bellerin has emerged as a future star at right back, which could suggest Darmian is seen as a left back, where neither Kieran Gibbs or Nacho Monreal have excelled this season.

A €15m (£10.7m) price tag is the minimum Torino would accept for Darmian, so the battle for his signature this summer could be interesting, with Arsenal now expected to be involved. 

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