The fallout from last week’s historic Champions League victory for Barcelona, as they came from 4-0 down to defeat Paris Saint-Germain, has gone to a new level with star midfielder Marco Verratti now reportedly wanting to leave the French champions.
According to Mundo Deportivo (via The Sun), the 24-year-old Italian is now ready to walk away from Paris upset at claims his professionalism has been questioned.
Manchester United and Barcelona have been heavily linked with the highly rated midfielder, and Verratti has told his agent, Donato Di Campli, to be kept in the loop over any potential interest.
However, PSG director of football Patrick Kluivert has denied the central midfielder is upset and claimed he will still be at Paris St Germain player next season.
“Verratti is the cornerstone of our midfield and things will remain that way.
“He is not going anywhere this year.”
If Verratti should leave the player will be in high demand, with Barcelona on the look out for a replacement for Spanish legend Andres Iniesta while Manchester United are eager to build a new-look midfield around record signing Paul Pogba.
If the former Pescara man slotted in alongside both Pogba and Ander Herrera, the hope would be that Pogba could finally express himself at Manchester United with a creative influence such as the Italian alongside him.
Verratti’s creativeness and intelligence on the ball would also be crucial to Jose Mourinho’s side who have struggled to break teams down this season, especially at Old Trafford, resulting in the club remaining in sixth for the majority of the season.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena