Liverpool made an unsuccessful bid for superb midfield general Claudio Marchisio during the summer transfer window, according to his club Juventus.
The 29-year-old has been with Juventus his entire career, winning four Serie A titles, a runners-up medal in last season’s Champions League and over 50 caps for his country.
And while Serie A giants Juve allowed Andrea Pirlo to depart to MLS and Carlos Tevez to head back to Argentina, they assured us that Marchisio was going nowhere.
“We get so many offers for our players, but we are used to buying – not selling,” chief executive Giuseppe Marotta told Premium Sport, cited by the Guardian.
“We have renewed with him, our focus is strong and I think Claudio’s first thought is to finish his career here. Not only Liverpool, we have received several offers.”
The offer for the player was of course made under Brendan Rodgers, so there’s no indication as to whether new boss Jurgen Klopp would still be interested, and if The Old Lady would change their mind anyway.
The interest in Marchisio seems sensible considering Steven Gerrard left the club in the summer, and the Italian is a passionate leader with drive and energy. Instead, we got James Milner, and with Emre Can moving into a central midfield role and Lucas playing well, we might just be covered in the area now.
If there are other future opportunities to sign experienced, proven internationals like Marchisio, or the newly linked Ikay Gundogan (via Guardian) however, they shouldn’t be missed.