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Moyes at Cagliari-Juventus to scout Marchisio & Astori

By Paul Clennam

David Moyes is at the Sant'Elia Stadium in Cagliari to keep an eye on Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, Goal understands.

The Manchester United manager is also on the island of Sardinia to monitor Davide Astori, Cagliari's 27-year-old centre-back, but it is Marchisio who is the key target.


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It’s not the best moment for Claudio Marchisio at Juventus. Paul Pogba’s growth has relegated him to a replacement role, especially after an injury kept him out of action for several weeks at the beginning of the season.

It’s hard to see Juventus selling him in January, though it could be different if a very good offer arrives at the end of the season.

Juve still need to make some cash to improve their squad every season and they could do with Marchisio the same thing they did with Giaccherini and Matri last summer.

Moyes will have been disappointed to learn that the Juve midfielder was named on the substitutes' bench for the match, but he replaced Andrea Pirlo after the hour mark and put his side 2-1 up after they had trailed.

Marchisio has started just 10 of Juve's 18 matches this season due to the emergence of former United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Moyes' trip to Italy comes as United step up their winter recruitment programme, according to various reports over the weekend. A newspaper report on Sunday afternoon has claimed that first-team coach Phil Neville is in Spain to cast his eye over Rayo Vallecano's 19-year-old defender Saul Niguez, on loan from Atletico Madrid.

Goal has also learned that Moyes has been given £150 million to spend in January and over the summer, and will overhaul his squad by allowing a number of players to leave Old Trafford.

The first of those appears to be Anderson, after Fiorentina director Daniele Prade confirmed the club's interest in the Brazilian midfielder following La Viola's 0-0 draw at Torino.

"We like Anderson, we're following him but like many other players. We always pay attention to the transfer market, ready to strenghten our roster"