Claudio Marchisio Is "Very Proud" to Be Linked with United; Is He on His Way?

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Juventus and Italy central midfielder Claudio Marchisio has been one of the standout talents in the past couple of seasons of European football.

Playing a hugely instrumental part in the continued success of the seemingly unstoppable domestic campaign of his club side, Juventus, Marchisio has shot to the top of world football.

His exploits during Euro 2012 with his country also didn't go unnoticed, with the 27-year-old playing a pivotal role, second perhaps only to Andrea Pirlo, in Italy's progression to the final of the tournament.

With Claudio yet to enter talks with the Old Lady of football over the re-signing of his contract, the way has been paved for the rumor mill to kick in again and start linking the midfielder with all sorts of big-money moves.

United have been linked with Marchisio since before the Euro's even began, so it is only natural that they are one of the teams being touted as potential acquirer's of the Italian's talents.

The Mirror reports that upon hearing of these links to the Red Devils, Marchisio was incredibly flattered but had not heard anything from the club to suggest they were true:

I've heard that I might not be so valuable to Juve any more.

I've not been told anything by the club or received any offers and I need to speak to Juve to see if I am still an important player for them.

If that's not the case, it will be normal to look at other teams. It is not only down to me - it has to be the club as well.

So far, I do not know but if I get offers from Manchester United, or Monaco, I would be very proud.

We will discover the truth after the Confederations Cup.

So where does this leave us, then? It would appear as though things may be breaking down between Marchisio and his current club, with the midfielder openly stating in interviews that they don't value his services as highly as they used to.

With the Confederations Cup beginning on Saturday, it will be a perfect opportunity for Claudio to make an impact on the world stage yet again and send a message to any potential buyers.

Was this flattering comment directed at Manchester United an appeal from Marchisio to come and make an offer or a clever tactical move to hasten the process of re-signing for a now unsettled Juventus, who would naturally be worried that they might lose a player that has been a key asset?

In terms of playing style, United would be a perfect fit for Claudio, who will fill the role left by the retiring Paul Scholes brilliantly. 

However, one has to wonder if—with all the latest buzz around the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Robert Lewandowski, Cesc Fabregas and the possible departure of Wayne Rooney—David Moyes really has the time, money or effort to pursue yet another world-class talent this summer.

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What he doesn't want to do is fall into the trap of being linked with four or five brilliant players, only to realize that he isn't going to be able to snatch up any of them.

Marchisio would be a brilliant signing for United, but if they want him they should act quickly and not let this drag out for the next couple of months.

It is unlikely that Marchisio will be playing in the red of Manchester next season, but these comments from the midfielder certainly do make one ponder over whether or not the transfer could happen.

My two cents is that he will re-sign with Juve, and that this is just a clever ploy to speed up that process. 

If not,  Juventus would be losing a terrific player, and whoever signs the midfielder will be gaining a real match-winner.

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