Chelsea close in on Italian maestro after agent opens door to five-year deal

Reports have claimed Chelsea are on alert as Claudio Marchisio’s contract talks with Juventus have stalled.

The Italy international was a pivotal player in the Old Lady’s double-winning campaign and run through to the Champions League final, but a new deal has yet to be agreed to keep the midfielder in Turin.

Now reports on the Daily Mirror website says negotiations have slowed to renew his current deal which expires at the end of next season.

Stefano Marchisio, his father and agent, said: “The truth is, apart from some former Juventus players, I haven’t met with anyone, I’m waiting for a call from the management.”

“I think we could meet soon, perhaps within the next seven days. Claudio has repeatedly demonstrated the will to remain at Juve, but we know that it takes two to make a marriage.

“The ball is in the Old Lady’s court, I don’t think they’d let a player like him go. If we don’t find an agreement, we’ll look around. I’ve received many calls from top clubs in the Premier League and the Bundesliga.”

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