Mattia Perin is edging ever closer to a move to Juventus, saying ‘if there was the possibility, I’d join Juve.’

The 25-year-old is expected to complete a move to Turin in the coming weeks, with several Italian papers and TV channels saying the deal is close to completion.

“Knowing that I’m one of their objectives makes me very happy,” Perin told Corriere di Torino.

“Not everyone is liked by Juventus. That alone is a source of pride for me. I’m very happy.

“Is the deal done? I don’t know, but it’s clear that if there was the possibility, I’d join them.

“We’ll see, also with Genoa. We’ll listen to all the possibilities, but then again: to be a Juventus objective can’t be anything but a source of great pride for a player.

“It’ll be a choice that I’ll make in the next few days. Do I dream of playing in the Champions League? If I leave my home, Genoa, it’ll be precisely to pursue this dream.

“Therefore, I’d like to do it with a team that allow me to play on these kinds of stages. I want to see if I can. I think I can play my cards right.

“Scared by Szczesny? I endured some bad times because of injuries, but I feel strong. I won’t say it’s a walk in the park, but I think I have the strength to overcome such difficulties.

“I repeat, I’m aware Juventus are a great club, that I’ll find another great goalkeeper and there will be space for me to play.

“Ready for the competition? Yes, and did I mention that I’m competitive? I’ll sweat every day, I’ll try to always do my best and make it difficult for the Coach. It’ll be an important year to grow.

“Buffon? For me, when Gigi stops, we’re a group of goalkeepers who want his Azzurri jersey. That’s also my objective and I hope to earn it.

“I’ve already spoken to him. He’s been a reference point for any goalkeeper in the world. I think he’ll go down as the best of all time.”