Is Torino's Matteo Darmian the solution to Manchester United's right-back woes?

Stadio Olimpico Torino

Recent reports suggest Torino's Matteo Darmian could soon be on his way to Old Trafford.

Manchester United are prepared to go to battle with Premier League rivals Arsenal for Torino right-back Matteo Darmian, according to reports by the Daily Express.

The Red Devils are apparently eager to sign a new right-back and are interested in the 25-year-old, who has scored five times and provided four assists throughout a strong season in Italy.

Plenty has been said regarding United’s need for a new full-back this summer, with both Antonio Valencia and Rafael failing to prove themselves in this role throughout Louis van Gaal's debut season at the helm. The Dutchman will have a significant budget to invest in the upcoming window, meaning a big-money offer could be tabled for the Italian international. 

Darmian is a highly capable defender, as he has proven throughout his performances this term for mid-table Torino. He has averaged 2.5 tackles - more than both Antonio Valencia and Rafael have managed for United - as well as 1.4 interceptions, 1.6 clearances and 0.1 blocks per appearance. 

Defensively he is superb, but the statistics highlight concerns with his distribution and creative nous, particularly in the final third. He has averaged one successful dribble per appearance - a fair effort - but has only managed just 0.3 crosses and a solitary key pass in each game he has played. Meanwhile, he has completed 77% of his overall attempts to find a teammate. 

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameClearances per GameDribbles per GameBlocks per GameKey Passes per GameCrosses per GamePassing Accuracy (%)Appearances
Antonio Valencia 2.25 1.75 1.46 1.25 0.25 0.79 3.5 90 28
Rafael 1.5 2 3.1 0.7 0.2 0.6 2.6 84 10

It is clear to see why Torino are commanding a high fee for Darmian - Torino's president, Urbano Cairo, has told potential suitors, in quotes run by the Daily Star, that they will have to fork out a lot more than £11million to acquire the defender's services - and it is becoming increasingly likely that he will leave the Stadio Olimpico beyond the summer window.

With Serie A giants Juventus and Roma, as well as Arsenal, Real Madrid and Barcelona all interested in his signature, according to Four Four Two, it'll be a tough ask for Manchester United to nail down the Italian's signature. However, the club has proved its pulling power in the past and one would be foolish to rule out a future deal. 

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