The Madrid Xtra website has reported that Marco Verratti will be leaving Paris Saint-Germain during the next summer transfer window, citing a story from L’Equipe. Real Madrid is the team of choice for the Italian midfielder. He has already begun negotiations with Carlo Ancelotti.
After moving to PSG from Pescara in July 2012, Marco Verratti quickly became one of the top midfielders in the world. The 30-year-old has left an indelible mark on Parc des Princes after more than a decade of service. On the international stage, he has been a mainstay for his country and has led them to a UEFA Euro 2020 championship.
Over the course of 400 games, the Italian international has played for PSG, contributing 11 goals and 61 assists. Verratti’s long-term future at PSG, though, has been called into question in recent reports. The veteran midfielder has expressed a desire to play for Real Madrid if he is allowed to leave Les Parisiens during the summer transfer window.
In the next summer transfer window, Real Madrid will add Jude Bellingham to strengthen their midfield. The current La Liga winners are eager to close on the Englishman’s transfer. Recent rumours also suggest they are prepared to grant the adolescent star a significant deal.
According to reports, Marco Verratti has contacted Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti since the club represents his ultimate destination
The careers of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, though, are winding down. Dani Ceballos, whose contract is about to expire, has yet to sign a new one. This means that Real Madrid may need to acquire many new midfielders. Verratti, however, does not mesh with the transfer strategy of Los Blancos.
The Merengues often target players whose primes are some years in the future. Rarely do they get a player at the peak of his abilities. But Verratti has already reached out to Carlo Ancelotti about joining Real Madrid this summer.
How Real Madrid will react to what seems to be a bid to sign Verratti remains to be seen. Currently, the Italian international sees the Santiago Bernabeu as his dream club if he ever leaves PSG. It remains to be seen whether a summer release will really materialize.