Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio is wanted by a top Premier League club, according to his agent.
The 29-year-old has been continuously linked with a move away from Serie A football with the English Premier League a likely destination, but contrary to the reports, it was suggested that he'd signed a new deal in Turin with The Old Lady.
However, Marchisio's agent, who is also his father, has dismissed the reports that the Italian has signed a contract extension with Juventus.
The Serie A champions are keen to keep the midfielder but according to Stefano Marchisio a big, un-named, Premier League side have already contacted them regarding his services.
Marchisio has been a part of Juve from his youth days back in 1993, but was promoted to the first-team in 2006 and has gone on to make over 200 Serie A appearances for the Italian champions, scoring 31 goals.
Despite showing loyalty to Juve over the years, Marchisio could finally be set to leave the club with a trio of English clubs reportedly monitoring him.
Premier League Interest
Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal have all shown interest in him in recent years and all three of them could renew their interest in the summer.
Speaking in a recent interview, Marchisio's agent confirmed that no talks were in place with Juve regarding an extension, with his current contract expiring in 2016, but he did confirm that other clubs have been in contact about a potential deal.
However, his representative later revealed that his preference and his desire is to stay at Juve because he's a local lad and has been there all his career.
“I read that Claudio was close to signing. I can confirm that is not true,” said Marchisio senior. “In my view, the club has other priorities and therefore hasn’t even considered Claudio’s situation, as he has a contract until 2016.
“Has there been other contact? I did receive a few phone calls, above all from top Premier League clubs. Of course we can only be flattered and this underlines Claudio’s excellent season so far.
“Obviously, his preference remains the ‘Old Lady.’ He was born and raised at Juventus, so if things go normally, negotiations for a renewal should be simple.
“Having said that, it takes two to form a marriage...”