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Will It Be City Or United For The Italian Centre Back?

Rumoured Manchester City and Manchester United transfer target, Giorgio Chiellini is an Italian central defender, now widely regarded as one of the best defenders in European football.

Born in Pisa, Chiellini began his career at Livorno, before signing for Juventus in 2004.

It is at Juventus where Chiellini has really been able to forge his blossoming reputation after a series of impressive displays. Originally deployed as a left-back, the Italian decided to remain at Juventus following their relegation for the match fixing scandal, eventually scoring a brace in the game which sealed the teams promotion back to Serie A. The following season, due to injuries to other players Chiellini was converted into a centre half. He has not looked back since. Named as the best centre back in the league, Defender of the Year for 2008 and 2009, the Italian is now highly sought after. Choosing to remain loyal to Juventus, Chiellini’s current contract is due to expire in 2013. During his time with the Old Lady, he has made 137 appearances, scoring 14 goals, a very respectable total for a central defender and another reason why clubs are showing such a strong interest.

Chiellini’s career at international level has also improved in line with his club development. After making his debut for the national team in 2004, he was part of the team that won the bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games. A first choice in Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 qualifying, Chiellini is sure to start in South Africa for the Azzurri. Scouts from many of Europe’s top clubs are sure to be casting an eye over his talents. Given Juventus’s recent struggles, it may prove difficult to retain his services. Any transfer fee discussed will prove to be a large one such is the Italian’s current standing in the game.

The Italian influence at Manchester City under Roberto Mancini may make Eastlands his most likely destination. Historically however, Italians have been reluctant to move to the Premier League and those who have made the move, seem to have struggled. Don’t be surprised therefore to see clubs from Spain vying for his signature, should Chiellini decide to leave Juventus.

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