Marco Verratti agent in talks with Real Madrid

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The agent of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has made contact with Real Madrid, denting Manchester United’s hopes of signing the Italy international.

This is according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who claim Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was keen for the talks to be kept under wraps. However, it has emerged that the European champions are determined to capitalise on PSG’s need for cash by offloading the 21-year-old.

Oil-rich French champions PSG ideally need to sell one of their star performers in order to fall in line with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. The Ligue 1 outfit were hit with a €60 million fine for breaching FFP rules in May - and face further sanctions unless they take measures to balance their books.

Having agreed a £48 million fee for the transfer of Chelsea defender David Luiz, PSG may be open to the idea of selling Verratti, who made 29 league appearances during the 2013/14 campaign without registering a single goal. Despite his lack of goals, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is a big fan of the Italy international and was the man who brought him to the Parc des Princes in July 2012.

Selling Verratti could also pave the way for PSG to make an ambitious move for Luiz’s teammate Eden Hazard. The Belgium international is content at Stamford Bridge despite his spat with Jose Mourinho earlier this year and would cost upwards of £60 million to sign.

Verratti, meanwhile, insisted he is happy with PSG following rumours linking him with Manchester United. But his stance may change should Real Madrid enter the race for his services.

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