At just 20 years old, Marco Verratti has signed for French giants Paris Saint-Germain for around £10million, played in 5 Champions League games and been involved in two international friendlies for Italy. Verratti actually made his international debut against England back in August of this year when Italy lost 2-1 to the Three Lions. Nonetheless, to have achieved so much at such a young age is very impressive.
Unsurprisingly, Verratti now appears to be attracting the attention of some other big football clubs. With Carlo Ancelotti coming under pressure from fans and press in Paris, Verratti may not be the only possible exit from the French club this season. According to reports, Verratti and Ancelotti have a good relationship so the sacking of the manager could also bring about the sale of the player.
Comparisons have been made between Verratti and another Italian, Andrea Pirlo, mainly due to the defensive-midfield play-maker position they both play. No one can say whether Verratti will reach the legendary status of Pirlo but the young Italian certainly has potential he needs to reach that level.
If Verratti was to show an interest in a move to the Premier League, many English teams will sit up and take notice. One manager who may want to make a move for the youngster is Roberto Mancini. As the Manchester City manager attempts to force a more Italian style of play into his side, a typically Italian defensive play-maker may just what he needs.
However, Arsenal fans continue to scream out for Arsene Wenger to spend some money in the transfer window, particularly on a central midfielder. We all know Wenger’s love for signing young undeveloped players and his reluctance to pay large fees. Purchasing Verratti may be the way to spend a decent amount of money on a great player and cater to Wenger’s hunger for developing young talent.
Gunners fans may want Wenger to spend money on someone at the peak of their career but the Frenchman may not be so easily convinced. Verratti could well be the perfect signing for a transfer philosophy compromise between Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger.