Manchester United have been dealt a transfer blow in their pursuit of Juventus star Claudio Marchisio.
The Italian midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, and is reportedly valued in the region of £20million.
It’s a figure that doesn’t appear to have put off the Red Devils though; with manager David Moyes in attendance to watch the player on Sunday as the Old Lady beat Cagliari 4-1.
The Serie ‘A’ champions aren’t concerned that the 27-year-old will be leaving for pastures new however, with general manager Giuseppe Marotta insisting there is ‘no problem’ with the player.
"There is no problem with Marchisio. Claudio is a player who grew up in the Juventus youth teams and he loves the shirt,” Marotta told Radio Rai.
"During a busy season it is inevitable that every player will have their lows, but everything is normal."
The news will be a blow to Manchester United manager Moyes, after initially failing to make an impact in the summer transfer window at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson's successor missed out on a number of high profile midfield targets, before adding Marouane Fellaini to the Red Devils ranks in late August.
After struggling on the pitch so far this season, midfield appears to be an area where Manchester United need to strengthen. However, landing Marchisio clearly won't be easy.