Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio is reportedly the subject of interest from Manchester United, according to The Mirror. In an interesting twist, Sir Alex Ferguson may allow winger Nani to move in the opposite direction as part of the transfer.
Marchisio has been synonymous with Juventus in recent years, last weekend helping the Old Lady retain their Serie A title. The 27 year-old forms a formidable midfield partnership alongside the iconic Andrea Pirlo and the all-action Arturo Vidal. The success of Juventus has largely been based upon the ability of their three midfielders to switch effortlessly between defence and attack, with the more energetic Marchisio and Vidal sweeping up at the back before rampaging upfield while 33 year-old Pirlo distributes exquisite passing.
Marchisio has aided Juve’s cause this season with eight goals, as I Bianconeri have stormed to the Serie A title with three games remaining. Somewhat ironically, the emergence of Manchester United prodigy Paul Pogba could be a factor in any move for Marchisio, or indeed, Nani.
The Portuguese winger has become somewhat of a divisive figure at Old Trafford, with a distinct lack of form since the middle of last season and consistently poor performances this season leaving many with the opinion that his days in Manchester are numbered. The 26 year-old has struggled to grow into the talisman vacancy left by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 and after six years, Sir Alex Ferguson may choose to go a different way in his assault on a fourteenth Premier League crown.
This move would certainly benefit both United and Juventus. The Italian side lack a strength in depth on the flanks, with the injury-prone Sebastian Giovinco and Emmanuele Giaccherini providing the only attacking options out wide, ably supported when necessary with the more defensive-minded Kwadwo Asamoah, Juventus could use an alternative, especially in Europe, where they were found out by having no Plan B against the dominant Bayern Munich.
United have been in need of reinforcements in midfield for many years, but probably not in the form of Marchisio. With the passing of time, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes have evolved the midfield roles that made them famous, using their brains to dictate play rather than with legs; Michael Carrick has been an unsung hero at Old Trafford with his steady passing and his game management, earning him a PFA Player of the Year nomination this year.
Anderson may follow Nani out of the door this summer after six seasons of promise never being fulfilled. With Darren Fletcher again sidelined with a chronic bowel problem, Marchisio could be the all-action midfielder to continue the winning tradition for Sir Alex.