Manchester United may have been encouraged in their pursuit of Italian international midfielder Marco Verratti, according to reports.
TalkSPORT claims new Red Devils boss David Moyes might turn his attentions back to the Paris Saint-Germain playmaker, after missing out on Thiago Alcantara and struggling to tie down Cesc Fabregas.
Verratti’s representative, Donato Di Campli, has revealed that Napoli made a ‘monstrous’ offer for his client, and that whilst negotiations are ongoing between the player and his current club, a deal is yet to be struck between the two parties.
"The negotiations [with PSG] will continue. The fact is that Marco has a four-year contract with PSG. But the alternatives are not lacking,” Campli told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"And this morning I had a monstrous proposal from Aurelio De Laurentiis (Napoli president). Marco wants to be recognised as an important player. What was proposed this morning is still not enough. We will meet again next week.”
Verratti moved to the Parc des Princes last summer, and subsequently helped PSG to the Ligue 1 title following his move from Pescara.
His form has alerted top clubs across Europe however, with Manchester United linked with a move on a number of occasions in recent months.
New manager Moyes is eager to land a marquee signing after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at the Red Devils helm, and if Verratti is the player he wants to bring to Old Trafford, then a deal might still be possible.