Manchester United target to be offered new Juventus contract

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Manchester United's reported interest in Claudio Marchisio could be ended as Juventus plan to offer the Italian midfielder a new contract in the apparent hope of keeping him from the clutches of the Premier League champions.

According to The Mirror, the Red Devils continue to keep tabs on the 27-year-old, but Juventus are ready to offer him a lucrative extension to extinguish any potential plans for a January bid.

David Moyes had been linked with a £26 million bid for Marchisio during the summer transfer window as he strived desperately to bring midfield reinforcements to Old Trafford.

The player spoke of his pride at being mentioned as a potential target for Manchester United, although it is unclear if Moyes made a formal attempt to sign Marchisio before the transfer deadline.

Along with Marchisio, Manchester United were credited with a number of prominent midfielders across Europe, but proved fruitless in their attempts to sign a number of players.

Cesc Fabregas was identified as a key acquisition for Moyes, but the former Everton boss was unable to prise the Spain international away from Barcelona.

Moyes was able to make only one signing of note before the transfer window closed, with Marouane Fellaini arriving for £27 million from Everton in the final hours of deadline day.

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