Italian midfielder Marco Verratti has been linked with a number of clubs since he began to impress in Paris Saint-Germain’s midfield. Alongside Blaise Matuidi and Thiago Motta, Verratti has completed an excellent midfield trio, one that is the envy of some of Europe’s biggest sides. With Arsene Wenger set to open up his £70 million War chest, a move for Verratti could be a huge step towards Arsenal becoming one of Europe’s elite once again.
Would Verratti be available this summer?
There is a chance that PSG could be tempted to sell the midfielder this summer, and it comes down to who the Parisians look to bring in when the transfer window opens.
It is no secret that one of Laurent Blanc’s main targets is Juventus midfielder, Paul Pogba, and with an asking price of around €60 million being touted, PSG could be persuaded to sell before they make a move for the French international.
The future of starlet Adrien Rabiot could also have a factor in Verratti’s future. The French Under-20 star has yet to command a regular place in the first-team, and if he becomes sixth choice behind Pogba and Cabaye, he could demand a move. PSG let him go once before, it is unlikely they will want to let him leave so soon.
What would Verratti bring to Arsenal?
The young Italian has all the attributes that Arsene Wenger looks for in a potential player. He is very confident on the ball, has no fear in ever being in possession. Always looks to get himself open and never shies away from responsibility.
Verratti is a very fiery individual and it can get him into trouble with the referees, although the Ligue 1 officials are a lot stricter than in the Premier League so it would probably mean he would get booked a lot less in an Arsenal jersey.
The 21-year-old is an excellent passer of the ball, but he is also very tough and is exactly the strong, aggressive, battling midfielder that Arsenal have been lacking for a long time.
The Arsenal fans have been mixed in their opinions of the Italian international.
I wouldn't mind marco verratti at arsenal little pit bull he is reminds of a bit of ramires— Joe-El-Leon-Fox (@StayDench1996) April 24, 2014
@18DialSquare86 Verratti is quality but he can be a huge liability. I'd love to see him at Arsenal though!— Arancini (@VanGrader) April 24, 2014
Why are Arsenal linked with Verratti?— geggs (@GeggsC_) April 24, 2014