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Manchester United target Juventus midfielder

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Claudio Marchisio turned professional at Juventus in 2006 (©GettyImages)
Claudio Marchisio turned professional at Juventus in 2006 (©GettyImages).

Manchester United could be willing to part with Nani and £20m pounds in an audacious attempt to sign Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio.

United's midfield, while being solid, has lacked creativity at certain stages this season and United officials see Marchisio as the man who can rectify the problem.

According to the Mirror, the Italian midfielder would be interested in a move to the Premier League and the prospect of playing for the English League Champions is one the Italian finds enticing.

Nani looks likely to be used as a makeweight in any deal due to the fact he has been unable to agree to terms on a new contract.

Juventus manager Antonio Conte is believed to have made a move to sign Nani last season as he is known to covet a new winger, along with a striker.

Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has already been snapped up for next season and the Portuguese winger is seen as another player that could add depth to Juventus in forward areas.

What could aide the United cause is the fact that Juve have significant depth in the central midfield area, with the likes of Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo and ex-United youngster Paul Pogba battling for positions in the Turin giants midfield.

United have been struggling to find a partner for the ever-consistent and reliable Michael Carrick in midfield, with Sir Alex Ferguson even using Wayne Rooney in a withdrawn central midfield role in recent weeks.

Marchisio would certainly fit the bill for this position and is believed to have told friends that he would be willing to leave Italy for the Premier League if the two clubs can agree to a fee.

Nani for his part only has a year left on his current deal and is believed to be uninterested in signing a new contract if it means that he will continue to be frozen out of the first-team picture at United.

The winger has only made seven starts this season in the league, as Ferguson has preferred players like Shinji Kagawa, Danny Welbeck and Antonio Valencia in wide areas, along with Ashley Young when fit.

 

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