Old Trafford side told to dig deep for Italian international.
Man United have been told to fork out £34m if they want to land PSG starlet Marco Verratti according to the Daily Express.
Sir Alex Ferguson is known to be an admirer of the young Italian but will have to fork out a large sum for his services and the Scot would also have to beat off interest from other prospective suitors, some of which are from Verratti’s native Italy.
Parc des Princes sporting director Leonardo is clearly attempting to scare off interest in their summer signing and has stated publicly;
“There is no chance of any club signing him, especially as he is now worth no less than €30m or €40m.”
This is perhaps an odd stance to take as the Brazilian could of course just state that the player is not for sale and by basically labeling a price-tag on the youngster he is inviting, perhaps deliberately, bids for the 20 year old.
The young playmaker moved to PSG in the summer after impressing many with his assured displays at Pescara and Verratti is now a firm part of Cesare Prandelli’s Italian national team set-up and indeed netted his first international goal earlier this month against Holland.
However the pint sized midfielder has only started just over half of PSG’s Ligue 1 fixtures this term and Ferguson may see the youngster as the just the ticket as he looks to freshen up his Old Trafford midfield.
Arguably the Man United midfield is a little brittle and doesn’t offer all that much in the way of attacking verve. Ferguson still relies on old timers Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and to a greater extent Michael Carrick and though Tom Cleverly has impressed the Scottish boss may feel he needs more creativity in the centre of the park and appears to see Verratti as an option this summer.