The Italian, widely accept in his home country as the next Andrea Pirlo, recently said he was very happy at PSG but all of that could be about to change because of a pay dispute.
Verratti is urging his current employers to offer him a pay rise to stay at the club, which could be as a result of the impending ‘Super Tax’ in France which will see the highest earners taxed at around 75 per cent.
If that doesn’t happen then Verratti’s position at PSG could quickly become untenable and United should start positioning themselves to take full advantage of that possibility.
United have been linked with Verratti over the last few weeks as they continue their search to add midfielders to their current squad to cope with the retirement of Paul Scholes and the imminent loss of Ryan Giggs.
If that breakdown happens then United have a very simple task in convincing Verratti to make the switch from France to England.
Tax rates are lower in England than in France so all they have to do, if Verratti is a financially motivated player, is offer him a slightly better deal than the one he’s already on with PSG and the rest should fall into place.
Verratti has shown solid consistency with PSG in domestic league football and he also has experience of the Champions League despite still only being just 20-years-old.
That increases the number of benefits for David Moyes in going after him and ensures that United would be able to use him in a variety of different roles and competitions as soon as he gets to the club.
However, the major worry is that Verratti has just proven himself to be the sort of player United need to avoid based on David Moyes’ comments about respect and hard work across his squad.
Moyes was very eager to stress when he was appointed at United, that he expects the same amount of hard work from his staff, which includes players, that he will put in himself.
If Verratti is happy then his work ethic can be as good as any other player but that’s not the main worry, the worry is that he’d try to leave Old Trafford the second he didn’t start getting what he wanted.
It’s a risk for United to go after him if PSG and his representatives don’t reach some sort of new agreement but if he can have half the impact that Pirlo has had throughout his career then it’s a risk worth taking.
Is Verratti the answer for United’s midfield? Should they avoid him due to his money motivation?
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