Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta has refused to rule out the prospect of signing Matteo Darmian from Manchester United, describing the Italian as a “good player”.
Darmian has plummeted down the pecking order at Man United this season, making just two Premier League starts all season and just one appearance since the turn of the year.
Various reports from Italy have suggested that the full-back would leave Man United this summer and join Juventus, who expressed interest in him over the summer.
And while Marotta, when asked about Darmian, wouldn’t discuss any potential transfer, he did admit that he liked the player.
“He’s a player of Manchester United and is not our property, but I can say that he’s a good player,” he said.
Darmian would never deserve the charge of not working hard enough or lacking appetite on the pitch. He has always been a player willing to get on with his business diligently – a quality Juventus obviously admire.
But the game in England, especially this season, appears simply too fast for him, as if his legs literally cannot keep up with what is happening.
You get the feeling that Darmian needs to absorb the smell and feel of a game of a game to truly perform, but at United it often seems like he can’t even get his feet under the table. A move back to his homeland feels like a logical decision.