Manchester United should revisit £27m midfield summer target

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Manchester United should have another look at Claudio Marchisio given his current situation at Juventus.

The Italian was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford over the summer, but a deal failed to materialise due to the midfielder’s desire to remain with his hometown club.

A product of the Juventus youth academy, Marchisio has never known any other environs, having been brought into the Bianconeri ranks at the age of seven and spending only a single season elsewhere on loan at Empoli during the 2007-08 campaign.

He resultantly has continually expressed reluctance to leave his lifelong favourites, yet a glimmer of hope exists for David Moyes as he’s lost his place in the starting eleven to Paul Pogba in recent times and may be quietly assessing his options, though is set to see an increase in minutes with Andrea Pirlo now out until 2014.

And from a United perspective, the Italy international possesses everything that is required at Old Trafford in central midfield after a disappointing start to the term.

Marchisio is a tireless worker in the centre of the park that combines ample technical qualities going forward with those in defence, and would certainly provide the set of legs needed to cover the necessary ground as half of Moyes’ double pivot.

He’s neither the most creative player nor the strongest presence on the pitch but has a balanced blend of both to be effective in all phases of the game, whilst he’s also known to be a goal threat and boasts solid experience at the top level.

A sticking point if any is his form at present, as Marshisio has looked out of sorts since returning from an injury in late September to find himself dishearteningly supplanted by Pogba.

Further still is the fact that he would be cup-tied in view of a January move, having shown for his current employers in the Champions League already, yet in light of both of these points he’s highly regarded by a number of Premier League clubs and seemingly has United’s enduring confidence as a viable long term option.

The 27-year-old has plenty to offer England’s title-holders, yet it remains to be seen if both player and Juventus are willing to budge on the rights to his card, what with the Old Lady not wanting to compromise midfield depth and the midfielder skeptical on leaving a club he’s been attached to for 20 years.

United would do well to leverage a deal for Marchisio for the right price, as they’d fill a need with a quality addition whilst not having to entirely break the bank, though the Italians may hold out for a fairly sizable fee to flog off a loyal servant to their cause down the years.

Perhaps the £27.5 million spent on Marouane Fellaini on deadline day would’ve been more efficiently used in part to fund a move for the Juventus man, but the possibility remains that acquiring Marchisio to operate in tandem with the Belgian would allow the latter to finally fully express himself following his switch from Goodison Park.

If United can raise a proper amount from sales in January of those surplus to requirements, such as Anderson or more controversially Chicharito, making a final push for Marchisio would be a good shout to improve the squad without making a massive purchase at a pure financial loss.

Certainly the Italian and his club will need further convincing, but with less space for him at Juventus than before, United’s chances of securing his services are as high as they’ll even be, and in turn the situation should at least be explored by the hierarchy at Old Trafford to provide for an area of the squad lacking at present.

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