By Dave Marshall
Manchester United are reportedly leading the race to sign Marco Verratti, as the transfer window hots up. The Daily Star reports that bookies are growing increasingly confident of United signing the PSG man, which would be another statement signing following the arrival of Romelu Lukaku earlier this month.
24-year-old Italy international, Verratti, had been linked to a big money switch to Barcelona, who view him as the long-term replacement for Xavi, the legendary midfielder who left the club after the Treble winning season of 2015.
However, it would seem that United are now in pole position to sign him after he recruited Mino Raiola, to be his agent. Last month, Verratti’s former agent said the player was a prisoner at the club, as the club’s president had refused to sanction his move to Camp Nou.
That gaffe has clearly irked Verratti, who has now hired Raiola to do his business for him, and there is no better man to broker a deal to Old Trafford than the Italian. In the last one year, his clients such as Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan and now Lukaku have made the switch to the club as he is believed to enjoy a close working relationship with the 3-time European champions.
A big money move will sway PSG’s resolve to keep him, but it is believed he is unhappy with the club’s inability to progress in Europe in his five seasons at the Parc des Princes. He is a classy midfielder adept at playing defensively and in a more attacking role.
He has earned praises for his passing, vision and all-action displays. He joined Les Pariseins in 2012 from Pescara and has since made 201 appearances, scoring 6 goals while winning a raft of trophies in the French capital.