Why Juventus Should Work to Keep Claudio Marchisio

Matteo Bonetti@@TheCalcioGuyContributor IMay 8, 2013

TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 21:  Arturo Vidal (L) of Juventus celebrates with team-mate Claudio Marchisio after scoring their team's first goal from a penalty during the Serie A match Juventus FC v AC Milan at Juventus Arena on April 21, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Recent reports have suggested that Manchester United has been interested in the services of Juventus player Claudio Marchisio.

The attraction is well warranted, as the 27-year-old midfielder has become a vital part for both club and country.

There's no doubting the Reds could use a player like Marchisio. He's one of the most versatile players, capable of playing in any position in the midfield and mixing dirty work with flair and the necessary technique to be a vital component of a side competing in the Champions League.

It would be hard for La Vecchia Signora to refuse a bid for a sum over €20m for the services of Marchisio, although director Giuseppe Marotta needs to hold on tight and keep his star player at all costs.

While the inclusion of Marchisio means either one of the following—Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo, and Paul Pogba—will be on the bench, it is by no means a way to measure a possible transfer. An aging Pirlo can only realistically play at this level for another season or two, and the depth Juventus has in the midfield is one of the main reasons why they've been fairly successful in three different competitions.

With the type of giants out in full force, any top team in Europe must have a backup that is almost interchangeable with the starter. Even if Marchisio doesn't start every game, he is one of the most vital components of the starting XI.

For starters, his work rate is phenomenal, and he always tracks backs and helps his defenders. Claudio's best asset is, in fact, his versatility. Just as easily as he can sit in front of the defense, he can come forward and score brilliant goals with finishing usually reserved for the most clinical of strikers. This quality about him has also made him a regular fixture in Cesare Prandelli's Italian national team starting XI.

Even though you might not notice him at times, Marchisio does the dirty work that makes him an Antonio Conte favorite as well as a beloved fan figure.

It would be a dire mistake for Juventus to give into monetary temptation and part ways with Il Principino, but as the new giants in Europe have taught us—no player is untouchable, and teams must move on quickly after the sales of some of their most prized assets.