10 facts about Manchester United transfer target Claudio Marchisio

Juventus Serie A

We bring you the low-down on the Juventus midfielder linked with United again this Wednesday.

Manchester United are being linked with a move for Italian international Claudio Marchisio today.

United first registered an interest in the versatile midfielder back in 2010 but since then he has cemented his place as a regular member of the Old Lady first team but is thought to be unsettled at the recent tactical rejig at the club under Antonio Conte.

But what can we tell you about this 27-year-old midfielder? 

Here are ten facts about Claudio Marchisio.

1) Marchisio is every bit an avid Bianconeri fan. Growing up in a family of Juve supporters he was a ball-boy at the Delle Alpi stadium.

2) He was first called up into the Juventus first team to train as a teenager by former England manager Fabio Capello.

3) It was the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal that gave him first big opportunity. With Juventus relegated to Serie B he was given a starting role in the side under Dider Deschamps.

4) After promotion he was loaned out to Empoli along with Sebastian Giovinco in order to gain vital first-team football.

5) He finally scored his first goal for the club upon his return to Juventus with a match winner against Fiorentina; five days after his 23rd birthday.

6) He was voted Juventus’ Player of the Year in 2009.

7) Marchisio first captained his beloved Juve in the Europa league tie with Fulham in 2010.

8) He was named in the Serie A team of the year in both 2011 and 2012.

9) He made his national team debut for Italy in 2009 under Marcelo Lippi and has since gone on to play 32 games for the Azzurri and bag one goal against Serbia in 2011.

10) Interestingly it is a former Manchester United player that may be the reason behind his apparent desire to leave. Conte has changed the formation in order to accommodate Frenchman Paul Pogba which has reportedly left Marchisio disconcerted.

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