Man Utd, Chelsea Battling to Sign £26 Million Juventus Star

Juventus star and Turin native Claudio Marchisio has been with the club for his entire career, joining the youth team in 1993 and establishing himself as a top midfielder, making over 300 appearances. At the age of 31 however, Marchisio could finally make a move away from his hometown as according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport via Metro, Premier League giants Chelsea are interested in signing the midfielder.

The report says that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has already been in direct contact with Marchisio, speaking to him on the phone. Conte managed Marchisio both during his three seasons at Juventus and his stint as Italy manager, making the pair extremely familiar with one another and potentially giving him the upper hand. According to Italian newspaper Leggo, Chelsea are preparing a £26 million offer for Marchisio.

Along with Chelsea, Manchester United are also reported to be interested in Marchisio although no formal contact has been made yet. Marchisio still has three years remaining on his contract and he has only started nine Serie A games this season.

Despite the rumors, it is also suggested that it may be difficult to convince Marchisio to leave his boyhood club, stating that his lack of playing time is mainly due to injuries and that he remains an integral part of the Juventus lineup. With midfielders Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo and Pogba all having departed in the last couple of years, Marchisio is one of the few established midfielders remaining at the club.