Giorgio Chiellini

Giorgio Chiellini

With Manchester United in desperate need of a top quality centre-back ahead of next season, Arturo Vidal’s Carrington arrival could pave the way for Juventus team-mate Giorgio Chiellini to follow suit.

The Italy international is commonly regarded as one of the leading centre-backs in world football, having won three Serie A titles on the bounce with the Old Lady and also thrice earned the division’s Defender of the Year award.

Furthermore, having started his career as a left-back, the 29 year-old offers the pace and quality on the ball that United’s heart of defence currently lacks, best represented by his 91% pass completion rate this season and current average of 68 passes per match.

Chiellini has been in customarily strong form this season too, making 77 tackles and 66 interceptions throughout the Turin side’s title-winning campaign.

In terms of experience, quality, physical presence and leadership – currently serving as Juve vice captain – the 6 foot 1 defender is exactly what the Red Devils are looking for this summer.

But many top clubs have failed to prize Chiellini away from Juventus before and set to turn 30 in August, Manchester United may feel that this proverbial boat has sailed.