11.07.2015 23:19 h

Man Utd complete Darmian deal

Manchester United have completed the signing of Italy right-back Matteo Darmian from Torino, the English Premier League side announced Saturday.

The 25-year-old defender arrived in England on Friday for a medical after a fee was agreed with the Serie A side, thought to be in the region of £12.7 million ($19.7 million, 17.7 million euros).

He was United's second capture of the day after the club earlier announced they had struck a deal with Bayern Munich to sign Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, subject to a medical and personal terms being agreed with the 30-year-old midfielder.

Darmian has penned a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further year.

The Red Devils finished fourth in the Premier League last season, manager Louis van Gaal's first in charge at Old Trafford.

"It is a dream come true to be joining Manchester United," Darmian said.

"When the opportunity to join the biggest club in the world came along, it was something I had to do.

"To work with Louis van Gaal, a manager that has achieved so much in football, is such an exciting prospect."

Van Gaal, the former Ajax, Barcelona, Netherlands and Bayern Munich boss, said Darmian was a "great addition" to his side.

"Matteo is a right-sided full back with the versatility of also being able to play on the left," the Dutchman said.

"He 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.

"I am delighted to welcome Matteo to the club and look forward to working with him in the coming days."