Juventus quash Manchester United's hopes of landing Italy star

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Manchester United's hopes of landing Italy international midfielder Claudio Marchisio look to be over after Juventus ruled out a sale this summer.

According to Sky Sports, Marchisio has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford in the last few weeks.

United have been tipped to sign a new central midfielder for the last two seasons, but following the retirement of Paul Scholes and the long-term concerns over the fitness of Darren Fletcher, the need has become more pressing.

And the 27-year-old Marchisio himself admitted he's "very proud" to be mentioned as a possible United target, fuelling speculation.

But Juventus general manager Guiseppe Marotta has quashed the speculation by insisting Marchisio is not up for discussion.

"Marchisio?" Marotta said to Sky Sport 24 Italy. "There is no meeting; there is no problem with him.

"Juventus have never thought about putting him on the market, he is an important player and we will try to keep him with us."

The Juve midfielder is currently with Italy at the Confederations Cup in Brazil, where his country reached the semi-finals after two opening wins over Japan and Mexico.

They face host nation Brazil in their final group game.

Manchester United could now turn their attention elsewhere, with Kevin Strootman another potential target.

The PSV star has been linked with a move to England, and his agent recently admitted the Premier League could be the ideal fit for him.

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