Report: Fiorentina to make shock move for Arsenal-linked midfielder

Marco Verratti unveiled by PSG

Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport report that Fiorentina will make a shock bid for Marco Verratti this summer.

When clubs begin to focus on who their top transfer target will be in the summer, there will always be a few names that would go on the unlikely category, and Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport is reporting that Arsenal target – according to the Express - Marco Verratti is a “dream” signing for Serie A side Fiorentina.

The Italian midfielder has repeatedly said that he has no intention of leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer, but that will not stop clubs showing interest in the 22-year-old.

He has become one of PSG’s standout players over the last few seasons and as Thiago Motta continues to age, the importance of Verratti in Laurent Blanc’s midfield becomes ever more important.

Fiorentina are looking for a replacement for Chilean midfielder David Pizarro, and with the €36 million they gained in the sale of Juan Cuadrado in January, they will be on the offensive this summer, but they would need to find at least double to even tempt the Parisian club into selling.

Despite an excellent season in Serie A – the club sit fourth – it is unlikely that a move to Florence would interest the Italian international, however, you can’t blame the club for aiming big.

Other alternatives mentioned in the article are Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fernando and Udinese midfielder Allan. Both seem much more likely than the PSG player.

One factor that may determine Verratti’s future is the possibility of the French club trying to sign Paul Pogba this summer, as has been reported in the Mirror. PSG may need to raise capital to fund a move for the French international, but that’s where a club like Arsenal would come back into play.

It would be a dream to see Verratti and Pogba together, but if PSG need extra cash, the door would definitely open for a possible move to the Emirates this summer.

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