Report: Arsenal linked defensive midfielder's price tag set at £40m

Arsenal are reported to be interested in a summer deal for Paris Saint Germain’s Marco Verratti.

Arsenal will have to pay up to £40 million if they wish to prise away defensive midfielder Marco Verratti from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, the Daily Star reports.

The Gunners strengthened their squad in January with the signings of defender Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal and Polish youngster Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw.

While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger did manage to bring in a defensive midfielder, one suspects that it may take some time for Bielik to get up to speed at the Emirates Stadium and break into the first team.

Observers and pundits have for years claimed that an experienced, world-class defensive midfielder is the missing piece to the puzzle which could lead to a sustained Premier League title challenge.

The introduction of Francis Coquelin, despite his excellent performances, have not swayed the public opinion, and the Gunners may wish to finally go after that needed player this summer.

According to the Daily Star, however, if PSG’s Italian ace Marco Verratti is their ideal man then it may take a near club-record transfer fee to prise him away from the French capital.

“Arsenal have been told it would cost almost £40million to lure Marco Verratti from PSG this summer. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has long admired the midfielder – who has won ten caps for Italy – but faces competition from Juventus,” the report claims.

Verratti, 22, has been a regular for Les Parisiens this season, starting 16 top-flight fixtures and appearing in four Champions League encounters.

He moved to the Paris outfit in the summer of 2012 and helped them win back to back titles as well as a League Cup success last season.

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