Thursday May 24 2018
‘Juventus want Perin, Darmian’

Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta confirms interest in Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian and Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin.

The former has been frozen out at Old Trafford, while Perin would arrive to provide competition for Wojciech Szczesny after Gianluigi Buffon’s departure.

“We’ve talked a lot about Perin and Darmian,” Marotta admitted this afternoon, after attending a book launch.

“We can say that Buffon’s natural heir is Szczesny, we made a choice last year and we’re very happy with that choice.

“As I’ve always said though, being a great club like Juventus that participates in several competitions means having two top goalkeepers.

“So I won’t hide that we’ll go in search of a high calibre goalkeeper.

“Perin is a high calibre goalkeeper, but there’s a long way between where we are now, starting a negotiation, and defining the relationship.

“Darmian could fit in terms of those opportunities, players and profiles we’re looking for.

“He’s also an Italian player and we always think that the hardcore of a squad like Juventus should be represented by players who can also wear the Azzurri shirt.

“Italians have more ability and speed in terms of understanding our environment, so I can’t hide that Darmian is a player who interests us.”