Manchester United are plotting to turn their unwavering interest in Marco Verratti into a formal bid this summer.
This is according to The Daily Express, who report that the Red Devils are long-term admirers of the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder who is set to represent his native Italy at the World Cup this summer having been named in Cesare Prandelli's final 23-man squad for the tournament yesterday.
While Louis van Gaal has no prior experience of working with £17 million-rated Verratti, the 21-year-old's potential is clear for all to see and he would undoubtedly be a stellar addition to Manchester United's ailing midfield unit.
Having already established himself as a crucial member of Laurent Blanc's first-team squad at the Parc des Princes, Verratti is very highly-regarded across Europe and has two consecutive Ligue 1 titles to his name.
But while Verratti would obviously be a significant signing and an obvious statement of intent from Van Gaal, one must wonder if the former Pescara starlet has any interest at all into departing such a wealthy and successful club as PSG while they appear to be at the height of their poers.
Indeed, if the Verratti himself is to be believed, he appears perfectly content to remain in the French capital for the foreseeable future.
"My future? I'm fine in Paris and when I'm happy in a place I do everything to stay there," he was quoted by The Express.
Manchester United are presumably unlikely to be undeterred by those comments, however, such is the notoriously fickle nature of the modern transfer market.