Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta has come close to confirming the Italian champions are interested in signing Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian.

The defender joined the Red Devils from Torino in 2015, when Louis van Gaal was in charge at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho replaced the Dutchman and Darmian has failed to feature regularly under the current United manager.

Italian outlets Tuttosport, La Gazzetta dello Sport and Caliomercato have constantly reported the versatile full-back will join Juventus this summer. On Wednesday evening, news broke on social media platforms saying Alvaro Morata and his agent were spotted having a casual chat with Juventus sporting director.

We covered a story today from Gazzetta, who claim Darmian was also there in the restaurant, sitting at a separate table. Marotta has hinted that Juventus could sign the Italian international this summer.

“Darmian can be one of the important opportunities. Darmian is an Italian player, the Juventus hard core must be represented by players who can wear the blue shirt. I don’t want to hide it. Darmian interests us.” Marotta explained (via Calciomercato).

Meanwhile, Juventus are also linked with Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is valued to be around €100 million. The Serbian is also a target for Manchester United as his future at Lazio remains uncertain.

However, Marotta has ruled out the possibility of Milinkovic-Savic joining Juventus this summer.

“He [Milinkovic-Savic] is a great talent but considering the values of the market, we won’t be pursuing the path towards signing him. Our team is competitive and we are working on [other] important operations,” he said.