Manchester United must up ante to beat Monaco to Marchisio signing

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David Moyes may have to go big if he is to secure his first major European signing at Old Trafford

Manchester United will have to table a substantial bid for long-term target Claudio Marchisio if they are to prevent the Juventus midfielder from sealing a move to big-spending Ligue 1 side Monaco.

The Principality Club are reported to have offered £25 million to secure the services of the 27-year-old Italy international, according to Italian website Mercato365.

Prior to the bid, both Manchester United and Chelsea were believed to be among the teams tracking the Bianconeri player’s activities in Serie A this season.

But the sizeable bid offered by the French league side may well have put paid to Chelsea’s interest in the star, with Jose Mourinho currently sizing up a number of options, while the Blues squad itself already boasts an abundance of midfield options.

The same, unfortunately, cannot be said of Premier League rivals Manchester United, who have long been in the market for central midfield reinforcements following the Paul Scholes’ retirement, Darren Fletcher’s illness and Paul Pogba’s premature departure to Juventus.

United suffered some embarrassment over the summer as targets such as Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas opted against a move to Old Trafford while confusion surrounded a last minute attempt to land Athletic Bilbao star Ander Herrera.

Any move for Marchisio was always likely to be subject to a significant transfer fee, with the Juve star currently under contract with the Turin club until 2016.

But while Monaco have seemingly been willing to put their money where their mouth is after making an approach for the player, David Moyes has yet to act.

Though the coming weeks and months could see this story develop further, those behind the scenes at Manchester United will be all too aware that failure to move swiftly to secure a big name signing like Marchisio could end in yet further embarrassment.

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