It’s becoming an ever-rarer occurrence that an Italian international is prepared to ply his trade abroad, especially if the Italian international in question – Giorgio Chiellini – is currently serving as vice-captain for the most dominant club in Serie A.
But if the planets were to metaphorically align, in turn making the 29 year-old Juventus star’s often speculated move to Manchester United a remotely feasible notion, it will undoubtedly happen in the coming transfer window.
With Nemanja Vidic making way for Inter Milan and Rio Ferdinand widely expected to hang up his boots, the Red Devils need to find an experienced and commanding presence to fill the void at the heart of defence ahead of next season.
Chiellini is certainly capable of doing so; he’s commonly regarded as one of the best centre-backs in world football, having won three consecutive Serie A Defender of the Year awards and last term making it into the illustrious ESM Team of the Year.
The 6 foot 1 centre-back boasts 67 caps for Italy too, having reached the final of the European Championships with Azzurri in 2012.
Famed for his unusual pace and agility for a central defender – having begun his playing career on the left wing – and his ability on the ball, best illustrated by his three goals and three assists in 27 domestic outings this term, Chiellini would provide some continental flair to the United backline.
Furthermore, the Italy stalwart will have just a year left on his contract in Turin after the current campaign, so if there was ever a time to start making Chiellini seriously consider an Old Trafford switch, it’s undoubtedly in the coming window.
Regardless, Juventus could easily command in excess of £30million for their nine-year servant.