Guardiola plays down Marchisio talk - The Gambling Times

Guardiola plays down Marchisio talk

Manchester City are favourites to sign Claudio Marchisio, although boss Pep Guardiola has played down talk of his arrival at the Etihad.

The 32-year-old left Juventus after 13-years and the Italian international is now free to join any club – including Premier League ones, despite their window being closed.

Guardiola admitted to being a fan, but insists he is set to wait until January for another new face despite the recent injury to Kevin De Bruyne.

“No. First a big comment for his career – he made an amazing career at Juventus and with the national team,” said the City boss.

“In December, we are going to see what happens in the [next] transfer window but now the squad is the squad.”

Despite this, City have been made early favourites to land Marchisio and are 5/2 to land him.

Chelsea, managed by former Serie A boss Maurizio Sarri, are second-favourites at 7/2, but look well-stocked in the centre of midfield, while Manchester United (5/1) are third in the betting.

Spokesman Paddy Power said: “Claudio Marchisio has been with Juventus for 25 years, so the timing of his departure from the Turin club is very sudden.

“With a gap opening up in the centre of Pep Guardiola’s midfield, I wonder if he’s on his way to the Etihad for a short-term deal.”

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