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€30m Manchester United target “proud” of interest

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Manchester United target Claudio Marchisio says he is “proud” to have the Old Trafford club interested in him but is unsure of where his future lies.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Italy’s Confederations Cup campaign, the Juventus midfielder admitted he wasn’t sure of his future with the Serie A winner.

Both Manchester United and AS Monaco have been linked with possible bids for Marchisio, though he denied there had been anything concrete in terms of contact from either club.

New Old Trafford manager David Moyes is reportedly keen to overhaul his central midfield options, though Marchisio would reportedly set the Red Devils back as much as €30million.

This week saw reports that Monaco were ready to offer Juventus a fee in that region, so Manchester United may have to move quickly if they want to land him.

Marchisio admitted he was “proud” that teams such as the two mentioned were showing an interest him, but was not going to let talk over his future preoccupy him.

“I will have to talk to Juventus. I want to see if I’m still important for them,” he told journalists in Brazil.

“If not, then it is only normal for me to look at other teams. It has been said that my intentions are decisive, but it takes two to tango.

“Eventual offers from Manchester United or Monaco make me proud, but nobody has called me.

“Now I am focusing on the Confederations Cup and after that I’ll understand what’s real and what isn’t.”

Even Manchester United may struggle to match the spending power of AS Monaco if it came down to a bidding war.

The newly promoted Ligue 1 side have been flexing the financial muscle of Russian billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev this summer with the £50million capture of Radamel Falcao, as well as Porto pair Joao Motuinho and James Rodriguez for a combined £60million.

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