Man. United have been dealt a blow to summer transfer plans as Juventus issue hands off warning.
Juventus general manager Guiseppe Marotta says that midfield general Claudio Marchisio is not for sale, despite interest from Man. United, reports Fox Soccer.
“Marchisio? There is no meeting; there is no problem with him,” Marotta said.
“Juventus have never thought about putting him on the market, he is an important player and we will try to keep him with us.”
David Moyes is looking to strengthen United’s midfield after the retirement of Paul Scholes and the uncertainty surrounding the future of illness absentee Darren Fletcher. The 27-year-old Marchisio, who has 36 caps for Italy, was said to be earmarked as a potential arrival at Old Trafford.
Marchisio, who has spent his whole career at the Serie A champions , had previously admitted he would be “very proud” if United did make an offer.
United fans may not mind that the Marchisio deal is some way off if they manage to bring in Thiago Alcantra.
The Barcelona player, who recently scored a hat-trick in the European U21 Championship final is highly sought after. However, the Catalan club are desperate to hold on to the talented playmaker, and are likely to fight tooth and nail to prevent him leaving.