Long linked with Man United, midfielder's agent reveals phone calls with PL elite

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Claudio Marchisio has been linked with a Premier League move since 2010, but nothing has ever materialised.

The agent of Claudio Marchisio has told Calciomercato.it that he has been contacted by the English elite as Juventus are yet to offer his client a new contact.

Marchisio has enjoyed a productive season with the only club he has ever known, tallying two goals and five assists in 30 starts across all competitions.

But heading into the summer the 29-year-old will have only one year remaining on his contract, with an indication yet to arrive from the Bianconeri as to how they wish to proceed.

Back in November of 2010 Marchisio was first linked with a move to the Premier League, as Tuttomercatoweb reported strong interest from Sir Alex’s Ferguson’s Manchester United.

From then on, rumours never really subsided. In April of 2013 Sport Mediaset claimed that United had returned for the Italian, whose place at Juventus was under threat from an emerging Paul Pogba.

Since, there have been a number of other occasions in which the Red Devils have been said to be sniffing around Marchisio yet again – including in November via Tuttosport – with nothing ever coming of it.

And as Marchisio’s deal at Juventus winds down, supposed interest from English shores appears to be bubbling up once more.

Agent Stefano Marchisio – the midfielder’s father – has told Calciomercato.it that the cream of the crop in the Premier League have contacted him regarding his son.

The elder Marchisio said: “I read that Claudio was close to signing [a new contract]. I can confirm that is not true. I think we’ll discuss it around March or April, but all we can do is wait.

“Has there been other contact? I did receive a few phone calls, above all from top Premier League clubs. Of course we can only be flattered and this underlines Claudio’s excellent season so far.

“Obviously, his preference remains the Old Lady. He was born and raised at Juventus, so if things go normally, negotiations for a renewal should be simple. Having said that, it takes two to form a marriage.”

It’s of course unclear where the phone calls Marchisio speaks of have come from, though his words are an interesting development considering past ties with United.

However, it is also important to consider that the 29-year-old’s representation may be using the press to pressure Juventus into accelerating the renewal process.

Marchisio has spent his entire career with the Bianconeri – joining as a seven-year-old and spending one year out on loan at Empoli – so it would be a surprise to see him leave.

The Turin native still has a key role at the club and is a talisman of sorts, and as such it is most likely that in time, Juventus will move to prolong his tenure with the Old Lady.

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