Sky Italia are reporting that a deal to take Italian international full back Matteo Darmian to Manchester United is almost complete.
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Torino confirmed over the past few days they had three bids from United for the 25-year-old and it is now believed the Serie A club have accepted an offer of $20 million for Darmian. With United losing out to Liverpool for Nathaniel Clyne and Louis van Gaal not impressed with either Antonio Valencia playing out of position at right back or Rafael, Darmian’s imminent arrival at Old Trafford could see him propelled straight into the first team for next season. He can also play left back, and that versatility will be very useful for United who look to regain their status as a force for both the Premier League and UEFA Champions League titles in 2015-16.
The Daily Mail claims that Stewart Downing could leave West Ham United this summer. Downing, 30, is attracting interest from north east clubs Sunderland and Middlesbrough, with the former already having a bid of $7 million turned down. The former Middlesbrough winger scored six times in 43 appearances for the Hammers last season and the England international has already started the 2015-16 season in the Europa League with West Ham.
Saints boss Ronald Koeman has told the Southern Daily Echo that Dutch international midfielder Jordy Clasie has been lined up as Morgan Schneiderlin’s replacement. Clasie, 24, played for Holland at the 2014 World Cup and the Feyenoord captain could cost up to $20 million. Speaking on Monday, Koeman said that Schneiderlin would be allowed to leave Southampton for Manchester United should the Red Devils come back with an improved bid for the French international midfielder. Is it believed Saints are holding out to get over $40 million for their prized possession, while United had a bid of around $30 million turned down for Schneiderlin. As for Clasie, he played for Koeman at Feyenoord and could be a Saints player by the time the two sides met in a friendly in Holland at the end of July.
Rounding things up, Newcastle United are said to be chasing Joel Matip and Georgino Wijnaldum. The Newcastle Chronicle says that talks are schedule between Matip and his new manager at Schalke in the coming day, as the Cameroon defender, 23, could cost upwards of $16 million. Another player Steve McClaren knows well from his days coaching in Germany and Holland is PSV Eindhoven winger Wijnaldum, 24, who confirmed talks are ongoing about his future with the reigning Dutch champions.