German champions Bayern Munich were rocked by the anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained by Javi Martinez in the German Super Cup clash against Borussia Dortmund, and the Spaniard is set to be sidelined for the entire year.
Pep Guardiola insisted prior to the incident that the Bavarians were done with their transfer activity this summer, but now it seems the Spaniard is in the market for one more signing.
Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Marco Verratti now heads the shortlist at Allianz Arena and reports in Germany indicate Guardiola has asked the club to make a move for the Italian.
Bayern lost Toni Kroos to Real Madrid for £20 million, and have failed to sign a pivotal figure of Kroos’ stature who could dictate play from midfield, which was evident from their dismal performance against Dortmund last week.
Next generation star in making
Verratti, who has been dubbed by some as “the next Pirlo”, is one of the most talented youngsters Italy have ever produced.
The 21-year-old joined French giants PSG in 2012 from Italian side Pescara for £12 million and since established himself in the star-studded squad at Parc des Princes.
With tackling, blocking, dribbling and providing through balls being his main strengths, Verratti would be an asset to whichever club he represents.
Verratti sale could lead to Di Maria departure from Madrid
However, PSG could be tempted to listen to offers as any move for Verratti could rekindle their chances of landing Real Madrid winger, Angel di Maria.
Madrid had three major transfer targets this summer in James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos and Marco Verratti. They have succeeded in landing both the German and the Colombian but have cooled interest in the Italian which has given the Bavarians renewed hope before the transfer window shuts.
Move could benefit both club and player
Verratti has featured in almost 70 matches for The Parisians and was one of the 23-man squad of Italy that travelled to Brazil for the World Cup.
Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester United are keenly monitoring the situation, but Bayern are frontrunners to win the race. His current contract runs till 2018 and manager Laurent Blanc would be all ears to only big money deals for the midfielder.
It remains to be seen if Bayern can pull off the signing or else PSG themselves have to stay clear of landing Di Maria from Real Madrid.