United boss Louis van Gaal has been looking for a new right-back - with Rafael out-of-favour and midfielder Antonio Valencia having been often asked to deputise in the role last season - and he has found his man in Darmian, who signs a four-year contract at Old Trafford.
The 25-year-old's versatility will have been a major attraction to the Dutchman. The Italian international, who started all three of his country's matches at last year's World Cup in Brazil, can play anywhere across the back-four.
Van Gaal has had his say on Manchester United new boy, insisting he’s an excellent addition to his squad. The Dutchman told the club’s official website: "He [Matteo] is a strong defender and has the ability to go forward in the attacking positions which is a fantastic attribute to have and much needed in the fast rhythm of the Premier League.
"Matteo will be a great addition to the team. I am delighted to welcome Matteo to the club and look forward to working with him in the coming days.”
Here is an interesting fact for Red Devils to consider: the last player Manchester United signed from Torino was Denis Law in 1962, who went on to win the Ballon d'Or just two years later.
Whether the club's latest Serie A import can replicate that kind of rise, remains to be seen.
The Italian international becomes the club's second signing of the summer following the arrival of PSV Eindhoven's Memphis Depay.