14 Mar 2014

Dream Deal? £20m star says he 'received calls' about LFC transfer 'interest'. Sign...?

During the January transfer window, Liverpool were linked with a move for Juventus star Claudio Marchisio, and at the time, many fans (myself included) questioned the veracity of that particular rumour. Well, according to the man himself, the Reds were genuinely interested.

In mid-January, The Express claimed that Liverpool were monitoring 27-year old Marchisio, and when asked last night about his future, he told reporters:

‘I received calls from agents who told me of the interest of clubs such as Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool, but no one from these clubs has ever contacted us directly'

Man United reportedly put in £20m bid for Marchisio in January, but the Italian international turned down the move to stay At Juventus. And who can blame him? Clearly, Marchisio could see that United are a sinking ship, and made the right choice to stay in Serie A.

Juventus General manager Beppe Marotta recently confirmed United's interest, but made it clear he wants Marchisio to stay. He told told Tutto Sport:

"It is true that Manchester United are interested, but we do not want anyone to leave. Our team is strong and balanced."

Former Juve President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli believes that Marchisio is well-placed to become an all-time club legend like another recent LFC target. He told Radio Sportiva:

"The memory of what Del Piero was will last forever. He was the greatest player in the club’s history. Now let us hope that we can find a worthy successor, and that could be Marchisio.”

Like Steven Gerrard, Marchisio is the archetypal one club man. He came through the youth ranks at Juventus, and has spent his entire senior career at the club. As such, he'll probably fight tooth and nail to stay, and in a recent interview with JTV, Juve's official TV channel, he made it clear he doesn't want to leave:

"I have no intention to change, but every year there have been rumours that involved me. I have another two years on my deal with Juventus. I hope to play as long as possible here"

Ex-Red Stan Collymore would love to see Marchisio in the Premier League, and in his column for The Mirror earlier this year, he enthused:

"Juventus star Claudio Marchisio is one name we are hearing and he...would make a huge impact [in the Premier League]. He is a great player, and someone I rate highly"

Should LFC re-ignite their interest this summer?



  1. No...the guy wants to stay at Juve. He doesn't want to move. If the owners accept some outlandish offer for him, that doesn't equate to a player that will live and die for Liverpool every tiume he steps on the pitch. Why bother? Look for a talented someone who is hungry to make a name for himself. Rakitic anyone?

  2. I don't like him much. He goes missing from games time and time again. Not consistent enough for me.

  3. No, just not good enough for that money. Also, I have seen Italian players take time, at least a fll season to acclimatize with English weather & speed, physicality of EPL football. He 'll be 28 by the time we buy him & when he 'll be ready to deliver in England, he 'll be 30+. If anyone from Italy, he must be U23. Borini is a classic example.

  4. No thanks. We'll end up with a player who doesn't really want to be at the club. Italians are similar to British players in as much as most of them don't travel well and often struggle in foreign leagues. Of course there are exceptions but dossena and aquilani are both expensive mistakes that are still a bit too recent for me