Arsenal are in line to make a move for Italy star Marco Verratti in January, having been rejected in their attempts to land his team-mate Adrien Rabiot.
French sources, fronted by newspaper Le 10 Sport, claim that Arsene Wenger remains a keen admirer of Verratti’s talents and, despite the fact that he added Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck to his squad this summer, is inclined to make a move for another attack-minded player when the transfer window re-opens.
The last minute deal which saw Welbeck arrive from bitter rivals Manchester United topped off what was a well-rounded summer window for Wenger, with a total of five players entering the fray at the Emirates Stadium as the Frenchman looks to ensure his side are title contenders.
And, regardless of fears over the defence being an area to prioritise when it comes to his next improvements, Wenger is now aiming to bring in more attacking talent.
Wenger's interest in Verratti
It’s said that he has a clear intention to sign Verratti from PSG, and could move as early as January if he needs to bolster his midfield.
Though the likes of Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Mathieu Flamini , Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil are all competing for places in the middle of the park for the Gunners, Le 10 claims Wenger is looking to add further depth, and in that respect Verratti could be ideal.
The Italian international has caught the eye of a number of top European sides, with talkSPORT reporting yesterday that Real Madrid had made a late attempt to clinch his signature on deadline day.
Manchester United interest
On top of that there’s genuine interest from United, as Louis van Gaal is keen to ensure that United are capable of competing with the very best. Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria may have offered their services to the Dutchman for at least this campaign, but the Red Devils are far from a settled unit, and things could change yet again in January.
From the outside looking in it would appear that a forward-thinking midfielder is the last thing needed at Old Trafford, but the expectation from the stands may negate that.
Aged only 21 and possessive of the sort of promise that Wenger seems unable to avoid, Verratti would likely seamlessly fit into the Gunners’ puzzle. How much it would take to lure him to north London however remains a sticking point. with previous reports indicating that he could be available for as little as £17 million.
Much was made over the summer months concerning PSG’s need to sell top players to be able to delve into the transfer market once more themselves, yet the likes of Edinson Cavani, Lucas Moura and the aforementioned Verratti remain on the books.
Could the latter be flogged so that Laurent Blanc can have money to spend?