Manchester United offer £20m for Juventus midfielder

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Manchester United have approached Juventus over the availability of Claudio Marchisio and a ready to pay up to £20m, according to reports in Italy.

Juventus have been left in a tricky situation after being eliminated from the Champions League group stage at the hands of Galatasaray.

Their shock omission has left them with a £17m hole in their funds, as the lost TV revenue was not planned for by Juventus chiefs.

It has left the Old Lady with a decision to make: Sell one of their star players or risk falling in to financial instability.

Manchester United have now offered Juventus the chance to plug the gap in their finances by offering them £20m for midfielder Marchisio.

According to Tuttosport Juventus have already ruled out the possibility of selling Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente, Sebastian Giovinco, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba leaving Marchisio with an uncertain future.

The Red Devils had originally been linked with the 27-year-old in the summer after missing out on main target Cesc Fabregas and are now ready to renew their interest as Moyes tries to stop the walls caving in at Old Trafford.

Although Marchisio has recently committed his future to Juventus, it is reported that the player remains concerned that a lack of playing time could harm his chances of being selected in the Italy squad for the World Cup and could be tempted by an offer of first team football elsewhere.

If Marchisio does move to Manchester United it will be a blow for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who was reported to be ready to make Marchisio one of his first additions when he rejoined the ranks at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

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