The Juventus midfielder could be Manchester United’s next target with Cesc Fabregas set to stay at Barcelona.

Manchester United look set to miss out on a second Barcelona midfielder this summer with Cesc Fabregas likely to stay in Spain after Thiago Alcantara opted to join Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.

Marouane Fellaini’s release clause has expired at Everton and it is fair to say Manchester United are running both time and options in their hunt for a new central midfielder.

However no-one could say they had settled for second best if they were able to pull of a surprise move for Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio who has all the attributes to be the ideal man for David Moyes’ midfield next season.

The 27-year-old would not come cheap but given that United seem willing to spend as much as £35million on Fabregas they might be able to make Juventus an offer they could not refuse for Marchisio and although he does not have the former Arsenal player’s experience of the Premier League the Italian could be a huge success at Old Trafford.