Deschamps may well push Man Utd forward Martial towards Juventus

Juventus have reportedly made contact with two Manchester United players as they start their summer recruitment.

The Bianconeri, who were hammered 3-0 in Turin by Real Madrid on Tuesday night, are working hard behind the scenes to line up players for the summer and Matteo Darmian and Anthony Martial are both targets.

Tuttosport today report that Juve have again made contact to sign both players, who are contracted with Manchester United until June 2019.

Italian full-back Darmian, 28, claims the report, has been given the green light to move to the Allianz Stadium at the end of the season.

Martial, 22, however may well prove to be a more difficult proposition to sign, despite seeing his game time at Old Trafford hit by the arrival of Alexis Sanchez.

France national team boss Didier Deschamps, who apparently spoke to Blaise Matuidi before he left Paris Saint-Germain for Turin in the summer of 2017, may have an influence on Martial’s future.

Former Juve player Deschamps told Tuttosport: “Martial has a contract with United and the club does not want to sell him. Then let’s see if he will be looked for, by Juventus or by someone else.

“I do not give advice, I give my opinion. Then, eventually, it is up to the players to decide.

“Let’s say it will be my opinion… then it depends if they listen to it or not,” added Deschamps, whilst smiling.

Reports last month claimed Juve were preparing a £60million bid for Martial as a direct replacement for Mario Mandzukic, who could leave Turin this summer.

The Frenchman has made just 16 Premier League starts this season and just two since Sanchez’s arrival in January – both defeats – against Tottenham and Newcastle.

His agent Philippe Lamboley refused to commit himself regarding the future of Martial last month.

“Will he stay in Manchester in the summer? I’m sorry, but at the moment I cannot say anything else about it,” Lamboley told ilBiancoNero.

“His goal is to win the FA Cup and to cement with Manchester United the second place in the Premier League that is worth access to the next edition of the Champions League.

“I have never met Juventus, Doyen Sport does not represent Anthony Martial and all that has been reported in Italian newspapers, regarding my client, is false.”


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