Marco Verratti's agent plays down talk of £17m Arsenal switch

The agent of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has insisted that his client is happy with the club despite interest from Arsenal.

Verratti, 21, joined his local side Pescara as an eight-year-old back in 2000, and after making his debut aged just 16, the talented midfielder was tipped to become one of the stars of the future in Italian football, and as the years went by, he became more and more important to the team, particularly in their promotion season back in 2012.

But those displays didn't go unnoticed, as that summer Paris Saint-Germain swooped to take Verratti out of Italian football and over to France for a reported €12m, and that has been a bargain so far, with the diminutive midfielder displaying his superb passing range during his time in the French capital.

Yet despite being a key player in Laurent Blanc's midfield at the Parc des Princes, Verratti has recently been linked with a move away from the club, with Arsenal allegedly looking to take him to the Premier League this summer for a fee in the region of £17m.

The Gunners' title challenge has really fallen apart in recent weeks, and Arsene Wenger's men are now in serious danger of missing out on the top four, which would give them a Champions League place. Whether they get into the top four or not, Wenger needs to make some tweaks to his squad this summer, and adding someone like Verratti could be near the top of his priority list.

But Verratti's agent Donato Di Campli insists that his client is happy at PSG and that he isn't aware of interest from any side at this stage.

"I am not aware of any interest. Marco is happy at PSG," said Di Campli.

Arsenal should have money to spend this summer, but if Di Campli is right, their chase of Verratti could be a waste of time - which would infuriate Gunners fans even more, particularly after two underwhelming transfer windows at the Emirates Stadium.

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