Claudio Marchisio to stay at Juventus as Chelsea target younger midfielders

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Chelsea will target the likes of Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko and Atalanta's Franck Kessie in the summer, with Juventus expected to hold on to Claudio Marchisio.

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Reports in Italy claimed Antonio Conte had spoken to Marchisio and that he was interested in a move for the 31-year-old, but Chelsea are looking for a younger profile of midfielder, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and N'Golo Kante already in their squad. 

Marchisio struggled against Napoli in a 1-1 draw on Sunday evening but Goal understands that he remains in Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri's plans as he looks set to prolong his 14-year association with his boyhood club. 

The midfielder has three years remaining on his contract at the Juventus Stadium but he has made just 14 starts this season.

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Chelsea's last signing over the age of 30 who signed more than a one-year deal was Yossi Benayoun back in 2010. The Blues may still look to sign a central midfielder in the summer, with a host of younger names being looked at, including Bakayoko and Kessie. 

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However, the Blues are expected to prioritise signing a world-class striker, with Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata all being considered.

They will also look to sign a wing-back and possibly a back-up goalkeeper, with Asmir Begovic likely to leave in the summer.