Liverpool and Arsenal have been given a fresh lease of life in their pursuit of Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio in the summer, according to talkSPORT.
The 30-year-old's contract with the Turin club expires next season but there have been no talks from the Serie A Champions regarding an extension, something which has attracted bids from top clubs across the Premier League and the Bundesliga. Both Arsenal and Liverpool have been long time admirers of the player and are likely to make a move if he is made available in the summer.
Marchisio went a long way in helping Juventus win the title and also travel to the finals of the Champions League last season, where they were undone by the quality of Barcelona.
His arrival will provide the Gunners with a backup for Francis Coquelin in the midfield, who has been a revelation this season and is primed to keep his position in the starting XI next season. Arsene Wenger will be reluctant to spend big money for a defensive midfielder especially with Coquelin proving his mettle for the Gunners. Marchisio's arrival will allow the club to rest Coquelin or provide backup in case of an injury.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are struggling to fill the void left by the departure of Steven Gerrard and have already brought in James Milner for a free transfer this summer. However, Marchisio's ability on the ball and his distribution will be a perfect blend of steel and artistry in the midfield for Brendan Rodgers' men, who can then allow the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling to extol their creative genius.
Stefano Marchisio, his father and agent, told Calciomercato: "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," he added.