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€20M Man Refuses Red Devil Advances

Cross another name off the Paul Scholes replacement list, Sir Alex Ferguson has been linked with countless different players to replace the dirty midfield dynamo but today we hear one of those targets, Claudio Marchisio, will no longer be an option.

Our friends at talksport have got quotes from the player speaking to Italian television, the website point out that the 25 year old would have been a fine addition with the loss of Scholes and Hargreavs and with the patchy form of youngster Darron Gibson, but it isn’t to be.

The Italian joined the Juventus youth academy in 1993 when he was just 7 years old, and his debut for the first team came during the 06-07 season when the side were in Serie B.  He spent the next year on loan with Empoli, before returning to Turin to play with his boy hood club as a first team regular from the 08-09 campaign onwards.

Having become a reliable and effective force in the heart of the Juve midfield, international caps have followed and his reputation has continued to grow.  The tough tackling midfielder has spent most of his career playing in the sides engine room, but lately he has been used in a wide position as well on the right of the midfield, but it is thought that he prefers to play in the middle of the field.

The Italian has been linked with countless clubs over the years, but it was always Manchester United that seemed the most likely to secure the midfielder, he is definitely the sort of player that Sir Alex Ferguson appreciates, however, talking to Italian TV station Rai TV, these rumours have been put to bed, he has said:

“I hope to close the contract negotiations next week and sign a new deal with Juventus….My objective is to get it all finished before the end of the season. I am flattered by these links to big clubs but my head is always with Juventus.”.

It is probably no surprise really, Italian football has a strong history of one club players, and Marchisio looks like he could be another example of that.  Talksport also point out that the Turin born midfielder’s family all have season tickets at Juve so it seems the club is deeply engrained in the family.

For Sir Alex I don’t really see this as too much of a loss, clearly the Italian is a good player but I am convinced that the Manchester United hierarchy can do better than the 25 year old.

It remains to be seen who will come in to add some life to the United midfield, but I think a front runner might appear soon, and the man I think best placed to fill the void could be Wesley Sneijder, but that story has been done to death!

For more of my thoughts on the latest transfer rumours, follow me on twitter @soccercityjoe!

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