Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti is considering leaving the club despite his success in the French capital, reports Spanish publication MARCA.
The Daily Express understand that Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester United are both keen on the 22-year-old, but the Spanish source still consider Barcelona and Real Madrid as favourites for his signature.
Were one of the Liga BBVA giants to pursue the youngster, it is thought he would push for an exit from the Parc des Princes in order to secure a move to one of the Spanish giants.
Los Blancos are understood to have enquired about the availability of the midfielder last month, but have since cooled their interest as they focus their attentions on Manchester United star David De Gea. This hesitation could, in theory, leave the door open for one of the English teams to make a move for the player.
It is unknown why the former Pescara man would want to leave the Ligue 1 giants, and indeed it is surprising that he would be keen to push for a departure after enjoying a fine rise to prominence at the Parc des Princes.
Since joining the club in 2012, the Italy international has made 119 appearances for the French outfit, and has proved to be a major success in Ligue 1. Last season alone he managed three goals and eight assists in 48 games.
This was while forming part of a impressive midfield trio with Thiago Motta and Blaise Matuidi, to the extent that Yohan Cabaye is now being linked with a move back to Newcastle United by the Metro less than two years after leaving the Premier League. As a result manager, Laurent Blanc would surely be loath to see him go and will fight to keep the youngster, especially if Cabaye does leave the club.
If any of the interested parties are able to tempt the Italian away it could be great coup, with the midfielder proving himself to be one of the pre-eminent young stars in the world game. Likened to Andrea Pirlo for his style of play, Verratti has the ability to make a difference at the highest level.