Old Trafford boss Moyes is desperate to strengthen United’s engine-room as a trophyless season looms ever larger on the horizon.

He has been backed by the promise of funds to spend in this transfer window and the Daily Express says reports in Italy believe he is ahead of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea in the chase for the 27-year-old Italy international.

Serie A leaders Juve may be willing to sell as they seek to rebuild following the early exit from the Champions League.

Marchisio is struggling to find a way past Paul Pogba and Artur Vidal in their midfield and is surplus to requirements if the right offer is submitted.

However, a major stumbling block is his desire to remain at the only club he has ever swerved, even if it hinders his chances of being chosen for the Azzurri squad heading the World Cup in June.