Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Claudio Marchisio Would Be Perfect Addition

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2014

TURIN, ITALY - DECEMBER 01:  Claudio Marchisio of Juventus in action during the Serie A match between Juventus and Udinese Calcio at Juventus Arena on December 1, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Manchester United have struggled mightily this season, but a few upgrades could still help get them back to their normal level. One addition who could help is Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio.

Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express first reported the possible transfer:

Reports in Italy suggest that the Red Devils have approached the Turin giants about the availability of Marchisio and are willing to part with £20m to bring the 27-year-old to Old Trafford.

United are keen to add an extra midfielder in January in a bid to halt their faltering form and the experienced Italian international fits the bill.

Interestingly, this deal could be aided by the outgoing transfer of Nani, according to Ben Burrows of the Daily Mirror:

One man who could be heading the other way is Portuguese winger Nani. 

Juve are very keen to add the 27-year-old this month, but according to Tuttosport must sell before they can buy.

This could encourage Juventus to part with the veteran player who has been with the club since 2005. 

Additionally, the Italian club has an abundance of midfielders, which has limited Marchisio to only 10 starts in Serie A this year. Considering the squad has already been eliminated from Champions League play, it would make sense to sell off pieces of value.

Of course, this move would mean a lot more for Manchester United, who desperately need help in the midfield.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07:  (L-R) Adnan Januzaj, Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck of Manchester United look dejected after Fabio Borini of Sunderland scores their second goal during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final, first leg match between Sunderlan
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The squad has skillful veterans on defense and an elite offense when Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are healthy. However, the club still sits at seventh in the Premier League table due to the inconsistent play in the middle of the pitch.

Richard Farley of NBC Sports' Pro Soccer Talk points out that midfield has been one spot where the club has failed to bring in talent:

They’ve spent in attack, bringing in Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa. On the wing, they bought Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia not so long ago. At the back, they’ve invested in Chris Smalling and Phil Jones while adding David de Gea in goal. Contrary to popular complaints, Manchester United are willing to buy.

Now, they need to buy in the middle. Fellaini’s not enough. They need somebody who can complement Carrick, and they need him in this window.

Marchisio fits this description as someone who has been quite valuable throughout his career. Although he has become less of a scoring option, he is excellent defensively and knows how to set up teammates to make plays.

Considering the club has plenty of finishers up front, this is exactly what is needed in the transfer window. The Italian star can cover a lot of ground from box to box and take care of all the little things that are missing in the middle of the pitch.

Additionally, Marchisio can bring a veteran leadership and a winning attitude after being a big part of the past two league titles with Juventus. After the apparent lack of effort on display in recent matches for United, this could be very useful.

FLORENCE, ITALY - OCTOBER 20: Claudio Marchisio of Juventus in action during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Juventus at Stadio Artemio Franchi on October 20, 2013 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
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The biggest key is finding a way to get this move completed. Manchester United have come close to plenty of signings since David Moyes took over, but many of them have fallen short. To make sure a transfer is completed, they might need to overpay.

Fortunately, Moyes was given £100 million to spend on the team, according to Simon Bird and David McDonnell of Mirror Football.

The manager needs to use a decent portion of this budget to ensure the club's improvement in the January transfer window.


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