Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed that Liverpool failed in their attempt to sign midfielder Claudio Marchisio in the summer.
The Italian said that the Old Lady had rejected an offer from the Reds for the services of the 29-year-old, but the Anfield outfit were not the only club to be turned away.
Marchisio has spent his whole playing career in Turin - barring a season-long loan at Empoli - and recently signed a new deal tying him to the club until 2020.
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Marotta is keen for the Italian international to retire at the Juventus Stadium and told Premium Sports, via the London Evening Standard: “We always receive a lot of offers for our player, but we are a club that want to buy players rather than selling.
“Marchisio has just extended his contract and I believe he wants to finish his career with us. By the way, Liverpool were not the only side that made an offer for him.”
Brendan Rodgers and the Liverpool transfer committee brought in seven new faces over the summer, in the hope of breaking back into the top four.
But ultimately the Northern Irishman paid with his job following the Reds' slow start to the Premier League season.
While Marchisio was a target under Rodgers, it is unclear whether he would fit the bill for Jurgen Klopp.
The German manager has already ordered the transfer committee to scrap their two-year long interest in Barcelona loanee Martin Montoya, as he imprints his own views on the club.
With Juventus keen to keep their star midfielder, the Merseyside club would be well served focusing their attentions elsewhere.
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