£30 million Manchester United target suffers knee ligament injury - But gets lucky

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Juventus' Claudio Marchisio, this summer linked with Manchester United, has suffered a tear in a ligament in his knee.

Manchester United were linked on several occasions with Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio this summer, but the Italian expressed his desire on several occasions to remain with the Serie A champions.

Marchisio, 27, would have really strengthened United had they been able to convince him to make the switch, but the midfielder grew up as a boyhood Juventus fan and did not want to move unless he was told he was no longer required.

He said in early August: "Obviously, I will not deny that I feel flattered when I see my name being linked with other clubs, including some of the most important and biggest in the world.

"This is proof that I'm doing a good job and that others value what I do. It makes me proud that are teams that rate me. However, I have not talked to anyone and there are no concrete offers. I spoke with Juventus and they told me I'm still wanted. My desire is to stay here and win more trophies."

United, aware of his commitment to Juventus did apparently not push their interest beyond tentative enquiries, bidding for at the time for Cesc Fabregas instead.

Marchisio was in action on Sunday night in the Italian Super Cup against Lazio; but lasted just 20 minutes.

He suffered a knee injury which forced him off, replaced by former Manchester United man Paul Pogba, who opened the scoring in the 4-0 win just two minutes later.

The diagnosis of Marchisio's injury sounded bleak: 'a knee ligament tear', but Juventus are positive, claiming it is just a relatively minor issue and he will be back in action within 30-35 days. A lucky escape if ever there was one.

What it does mean, is that any potential late switch to Manchester has been ruled out entirely, even if it remained at this stage now a remote possibility.

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