Parma director Daniele Faggiano has admitted he never “thought it was impossible” to sign Matteo Darmian from Manchester United after speaking of his surprise at how the deal came about.
The 29-year-old was signed by former Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal from Italian side Torino for a fee of £12.7m in July 2015.
The Italy international went on to make 92 appearances for the Red Devils, helping them to FA Cup glory in his first season.
Nonetheless, the player was expected to cost an eight-figure sum of €10m plus, with the likes of Juventus, Inter, Lazio and Roma all mentioned as suitors for the versatile star.
However, Faggiano claimed that while his side looked into the deal, they were convinced they would be unable to afford Darmian until we admitted their cheeky offer was accepted.
“We had talked to the coach about Darmian and thought it was impossible, due to the costs and various issues,” Faggiano said at a press conference, before responding to questions they had a lowly offer accepting.
And while Faggiano refused to disclose how much his side had paid, widespread reports in Italy now claim Para were able to sign Darmian for just €1.5m (£1.4m).
“By pushing, we reached an agreement,” was all the jubilant Parma chief would say on the matter, before adding: “When the news came out, it seemed to be out of nowhere, but we had been working on it for quite a while. Like Roberto Inglese or Yann Karamoh, Darmian represents a coup for Parma.”
He continued: “We are happy to have brought him back to Italy, and he also returned to get back into the Italy squad. He can help everyone raise their game.”
Darmian has signed a four-year deal at the Stadio Tardini, keeping him at the club until summer 2023.
Manchester United, meanwhile, won’t be coming back in for Bruno Fernandes after Sporting Lisbon’s chief as good as admitted that his side tried to use their interest in the player to increase their windfall.
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