Real Madrid are in the market for a world class midfielder and they have opened talks with Italy and PSG’s midfielder Marco Verratti’s agent over a possible transfer.
With the future of Sami Khedira and Casemiro still uncertain, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti wants quality player as their replacement and has set his eyes on the young Italian.
Italian sports daily La Gazzetta Dello Sport has confirmed today that: “Marco Verratti’s agent has made contact with Real Madrid. Ancelotti is interested in signing his fellow countryman, who he managed at PSG during the 2012-13 season.
Florentino Pérez would like the talks to be kept under wraps. Or rather, he would have. PSG, meanwhile, need the cash – having forked out €50 million for David Luiz, they are now prepared to pay silly money for Eden Hazard.”
Carlo Ancelotti managed young Verratti during his short spell at Pard de Princes and the Italian is immensely impressed with the game of blue eyed midfielder.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is also a big admirer of Verratti and reportedly, he has given a green signal to his sporting director to pursue the chase of youngster.
It is no secret that Ancelotti hails Andrea Pirlo as the best midfielder in the world. However, with his advancing age, it would be impossible for Madrid to sign Pirlo now. Marco Verratti’s playing style is very similar to that of Andrea Pirlo and Ancelotti believes that the kid has got a huge potential.
Unlike Mourinho’s appetite for instant success, Ancelotti believes in building a team for the future also and he thinks that Verratti has the ability to perform well in years to come at Santiago Berbabeu.
Meanwhile, the chase of Real Madrid has got more momentum after PSG’s capture of David Luiz for 50 million euros. The current French Champions are booked by UEFA for failing to meet the Financial Fair Play criteria. They were also fined with 60 million euros and now, they will have to deal very cautiously in the market.
PSG boss Laurent Blanc is planning to sell some of his first team players in order to generate funds but the departure of Verratti is not in his plans. Recent reports have claimed that Laurent Blanc is more interested in Argentine winger Ezequiel Lavvezzi.
However, despite of PSG’ attempts to keep him at Parc de Princes, youngster Marco Verratti is fully aware that chance of playing for Real Madrid comes very rarely and reportedly, he has set his heart on a possible transfer to the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid will have to shell out in excess of 30 million euros to lue Verratti away from PSG.