United suffer Serie A setback in pursuit of international defender addition

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Manchester United target Giorgio Chiellini has ruled out a summer move to Old Trafford, insisting he is happy at Juventus according to

The 26-year-old Italy international defender has been heavily linked with a summer switch to England amidst his growing unrest with life at the Stadio Olimpico.

Sir Alex Ferguson is already looking to prospective transfers in a bid to strengthen his Red Devils squad, and had reportedly made an enquiry as to Chiellini’s availability.

The commanding stopper has been on Manchester United's radar for quite some time, but they are likely to face competition for his signature from Real Madrid with Jose Mourinho also having been credited with an interest.

Any move to Old Trafford looks to be increasingly unlikely after Chiellini's agent Davide Lippi distanced his representative from a transfer away from Turin.


"The player has already confirmed that he wants to stay, even though he is clearly disappointed at how the season has gone for Juventus," Lippi told

"The interest of Real Madrid and Manchester United is flattering, but they are merely courting him because Giorgio has never hinted that he is ready to end his adventure with the Bianconeri."

With the emergence of defender Chris Smalling this season, Manchester United already appear to have strength in depth in the defensive department alongside Jonny Evans, both of whom have filled in for first-choice pairing Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic when injury or suspension has kept them out the side.

But as Ferguson looks to add to continue evolving his title-winning squad with further acquisitions, United scouts will now have to look elsewhere in their pursuit of a world-class defensive addition.

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