Man United's Marchisio setback, Juve aren't selling

Juventus director Beppe Marotta has warned other top European clubs that he won't be selling any stars, such as Claudio Marchisio or Andrea Pirlo.

Manchester United's alleged flirtation with Claudio Marchisio has met with an obstacle as Juventus director Beppe Marotta stresses he has no intention of selling.

Juventus lead Serie A by a commanding eight points but were eliminated from the Champions League at the first hurdle following a last-gasp defeat at Galatasaray.

While the decline of this season's European aspirations may hinder Juventus in the winter transfer window, they look likely to keep hold of all their major assets, including midfielder Marchisio.

Marchisio has been mooted as a solution to Manchester United's midfield problem with suggestions that around £15m could be enough to lure him to Old Trafford.

Manchester United have also been linked with Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic, but he signed a recent contract renewal and isn't leaving the Eternal City any time soon.

"Our group is strong and flexible and we don't want to sell any of our big names," Juve transfer guru Marotta told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

One of those big names is Andrea Pirlo, the veteran midfielder who has been linked with Tottenham and Chelsea as his contract expires at the end of the season.

"Pirlo's contract is running out but I can say that the relationship is excellent and we will renew the deal," the Juve director declared.

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