Reports from Portuguese news outlet 'A Bola' suggest that incoming Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is interested in acquiring the services of Italian midfield maestro Claudio Marchisio.
According to the report, Mourinho is a big fan of the 27-year-old, but will have to fend off competition from big-spenders AS Monaco.
The fee is reported to be in the region of €25m; however, Marchisio has a sizeable release clause that may make negotiations difficult.
The signing of the midfielder would perhaps contrast to Chelsea's recent transfer policy of looking at young players with vast potential.
Marchisio is an accomplished central midfielder with a good eye for goal. His other strengths lay in his ability to read the game as well as his strong tackling.
In 2012, he was voted into the Serie A team of the year as Juventus won their 28th official title in the Italian top flight.
Furthermore, he was also nominated for the UEFA Team of the Year that same season. His honours and credentials prove that he would be a welcome prospect for any top Premier League team this summer.
His skillset could prove a potential solution to Chelsea's midfield problems this year. Fans and analysts alike have frequently complained that Chelsea's holding midfielders have lacked shape and presence this season, often leaving the defence exposed to counter attacks.
If the rumours are to be believed, then Marchisio could be joining Real Madrid stars Sami Khedira and Fabio Coentrao at the Bridge this summer.
What do you think? Would you like Marchisio to sign for the Blues this summer?
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