Juventus have all the ambition to be one of the major players this transfer window, but have so far been unable to close any major nor minor deals.
Their problem in wishing to rise to be considered from one of Europe's better clubs to one of the elite, is being held back by finances.
It was illustrated by the last three strikers they brought to the club, Nicklas Bendtner (loan), Nicolas Anelka (free), and Fernando Llorente (free).
Llorente will arrive this summer and should prove outstanding value, but they want to bring in at least one of three players, Gonzalo Higuain, Stevan Jovetic or Carlos Tevez.
In each pursuit so far they have come up short - with finances the principal reason why.
Juventus have attempted to send bit-part players out in part-exchange, but so far none of the selling clubs have taken the bait, with Fiorentina specifically stating they want only cash for Jovetic, €30 million to be exact - almost double what the Turin club were prepared to offer.
It is quickly becoming apparent the only way for them to land a top target is to sell, and it will have to be a top player too.
Real Madrid recently enquired over Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba only for the Italians to swiftly rebuff them- Both are not considered for sale.
But Juventus do have an embarrassment of riches in the middle of the park, with the evergreen Andrea Pirlo still pulling the strings, and with Pogba emerging and likely to get even more games next season the odd man out could well be Claudio Marchisio.
Marchisio has regularly been linked with a switch to Manchester United over the past couple of months, rumours which have continued despite him previously stating he wants to remain with the Italian champions.
However Marchisio loves the club, he would surely understand it worthwhile to sacrifice himself for a big price to allow them to strengthen in their areas of need, and that might just be what needs to happen.
United are in need of a player like Marchisio, who could slot into the spot in their midfield left by Paul Scholes and which Anderson has failed to fill.
At 27 he is of proven experience, with 34 international caps for the Azzurri and would be an excellent signing for United and David Moyes.
Juventus said over a week ago that he was not for sale, but if they are still unable to land any of their top targets in a month's time they may have to reconsider their options.
United could put their resolve to the test with a sizeable offer and if they were able to sign him up, Juventus might just find the deal is well and truly in their interests too and the solution to their problems this summer.
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