Imminent Manchester United signing Matteo Darmian will return to Italy, predicts former Torino midfielder

Stadio Olimpico Torino

Former Torino midfielder Claudio Sala does not expect Manchester United's signing of Matteo Darmian to be long term.

Have Manchester United found their long-term right-back of the future in Matteo Darmian?

The Red Devils are expected to shortly confirm the signing of the Italian international, with transfer expert and Sky Italia correspondent Gianluca di Marzio reporting on his website that United and Torino have reached an agreement over the fee.

Darmian is seen as an upgrade on the present options, Rafael da Silva and Antonio Valencia, the latter of who is not really a defender.

Former Torino midfielder Claudio Sala predicts Darmian's stay at Old Trafford will not be extensive, and he will come back to play in Serie A.

He told Tuttomercatoweb: "Recently we have seen a loss of financial competitiveness from our club who can not keep up with those overseas.

"It is regrettable that the Serie A lose a player like Darmian and that no team Italian managed to take him, but I think that sooner or later he will come back to play with us as happened with many others who have tried an experience abroad."

Italians are much like English players in that the majority of them play their football in their homeland, with limited success abroad.

There have been successes, like Gianfranco Zola for instance, but others like Alberto Aquilani at Liverpool have failed badly.

United fans will remember badly the experience of Massimo Taibi, while neither Giuseppe Rossi nor Federico Macheda reached their potential at the club.

Darmian's challenge will be to buck that trend, and while perhaps an eventual return to Italy may be inevitable, success will be deemed if after his imminent contract, a few years down the line the 25-year-old earns another, and can stay at United for the best part of a decade.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch