Claudio Marchisio's fall from the Juventus limelight over the past 18 months has meant that the Italian may be forced to explore other ventures in the summer, with Arsenal among those supposedly hoping to secure his signature.
The Italian international has been linked with a number of Premier League outfits in recent days and the Metro quote the player after commenting on those clubs interested in his talents:
But no one from these clubs has ever contacted us directly. And in [that] case I would tell them to talk to Juve.
This season has seen the Gunners surge back into Premier League title contention, but that bid looks somewhat derailed due to a lack of squad depth, with injuries to Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and more infamously Abou Diaby affecting their engine room in particular.
However, if Arsene Wenger's side are to move onwards and upwards, it's vital that the club sign genuine upgrades to what's already within their ranks this summer. But does Marchisio represent that step up?
The 28-year-old has seen his playing time under Antonio Conte diminish somewhat of late thanks to the good form of Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo, but Marchisio's talents have been far from ignored.
Serie A expert James Horncastle recently praised Pogba for his work in beating Marchisio to a starting spot:
@VKrajac a title-winning midfield. Pushed Marchisio out. Ferguson could have kept him. Didn't keep promise to play him more. Instead— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) March 1, 2014
In 20 Serie A appearances this term, per Squawka, the midfield anchor has played the full 90 minutes on 12 occasions, although just four of those matches have come in 2014, it's worth noting.
Should Arsenal pursue a summer deal for Marchisio?
However, Marchisio has still managed to create an average of one scoring opportunity per match and a passing accuracy of 87 percent is superior to those tallies of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, with only Mikel Arteta boasting a higher completion rate.
Though the tag of "defensive midfielder" has gone out of fashion somewhat in recent years, Marchisio's tackling success is a slightly larger concern, with only 34 of his 85 attempted tackles going in his favour.
That wouldn't necessarily be an issue for Wenger, as a static anchor isn't necessarily something he'd look to employ, so Marchisio's more rounded attribution of disrupting the opposition before looking for forward movements among his teammates could still be a realistic option.
However, at 28 years of age, the player wouldn't be the longest of solutions, and in the pursuit of furthering the advancement of both Wilshere and Ramsey, his arrival could be a waste of funds.
Al Jazeera's Matteo Bonetti also cites the playmaker's loyalties to boyhood club Juventus as a factor in any departure:
Claudio Marchisio? to Manchester United now makes more sense than ever, but if there's anyone that's a Juventino through & through it's him— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) January 20, 2014
The Metro state that Marchisio's signature could cost somewhere in the region of £20 million, and with his contract running until 2016, Juve are in no desperate need of a sale.
With more time on their hands, the Gunners would be able to find a superior option for that kind of money. At this moment, Marchisio wouldn't go much further than simply adding another option to Wenger's ranks; a Jack of some trades, but a master of none.