Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has returned extraordinary statistics this past season, surpassing the impressive century of passes in a single match - akin to the figures pulled in by popular Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos and Barcelona metronome Xavi.
Valued at 17.6m by transfermarkt.co.uk, Verratti, 21, has demonstrated exceptional ability since his 2012 transfer from Pescaro, with whom he had just won promotion with in Serie B.
Now a fully-capped international, Verratti has produced in a number of elite-level stages, including matches with Italy as well as the Coupe de la Ligue and Ligue 1 with PSG.
Renowned for his passing acumen, vision, dribbling and his various defensive strengths, Verratti enjoyed a 92% passing accuracy last season, whilst also completing 34 dribbles and creating 21 clear-cut goalscoring opportunities from 1,984 combined minutes on the pitch.
Throughout the season, he has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United, who have recently moved on from targeting Kroos.
However, they may find Verratti an equally problematic player to successfully target as he has reaffirmed his affection for the Parc des Princes side.
"My future? I'm fine in Paris and when I'm happy in a place I do everything to stay there," he is quoted to have said by Sky Sports.
Verratti did continue by remarking that if the club were willing to negotiate, he'd play till he was no longer needed but would relish a "return to Italy."