United target ‘little prince’ as £15m Owen replacement

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Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has emerged as a summer transfer target for Manchester United reports talkSPORT.

The 25-year-old Italy international is a product of the Turin club's youth academy but has found first-team appearances hard to come by in recent months.

Marchisio is said to be considering his Serie A future which has reportedly alerted the attention of Manchester United.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to run the rule over the highly rated star with reports in the Italian press suggesting that Old Trafford scouts were in attendance for Juve's 2-0 victory over Roma at the weekend.


After making his debut in 2006, Marchisio, or 'little prince' as he is referred to by the Old Lady faithful has made a name for himself in Italy, and is regarded as one of the brightest young stars in Serie A.

With a reputation as a tough tackling midfielder, Marchisio could be seen as a replacement for the increasingly crocked Owen Hargreaves, as Manchester United look to add more mettle and steel to their Old Trafford engine room.

However, it is believed that Manchester United will have to be prepared to part with around £15million for the player's services.

With Sir Alex suitably impressed by Marchisio's performances, it is unlikely to deter a sumer approach.

Tuttosport report that Manchester United will be boosted by the fact that he has not signed a new deal at Juventus as talks to extend his current deal that runs until the summer of 2014 have broken down.

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