Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly chasing Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, with hopes of signing the 25 year old early in the summer transfer period.

Italian sports publication Tuttosport has reported that Marchisio is tired of starting on the bench at Juventus, and is contemplating a move to the Barclays Premier League.

Speculation is mounting that Manchester United are ready to make a move on the star, whose nickname in the Serie A is Il Principino, or The Little Prince.


Tuttosport has said Marchisio would be a perfect replacement at Manchester United for Owen Hargreaves, who is now pushing 31 and suffering continual injury problems.

Manchester United have reportedly been boosted by the fact that Machisio has not signed a new contract with Juventus, and talks with Turin have broken down.

Machisio’s performances for Juventus, and the Italian international squad, have suitably impressed Ferguson and rumours are circulating that the midfielder is interested in making a move.

Ferguson told reporters yesterday he would be making some big summer buys in the transfer period, with the Glazer family’s full backing.

“We have certain targets in mind and I think two or three will be fulfilled,” the Manchester United manager said.

“There's no question of that. 

“The Glazer family have always been supportive of our desires to improve the team.”

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