PSG are hoping to cash in on Marco Verratti in the January transfer window despite rejecting two offers from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the summer, according to the Daily Star.
The Spanish and German giants both offered £39 million for the Italian midfielder, but were knocked back. Since then, Real Madrid have signed Toni Kroos and Bayern Munich added Xabi Alonso to their ranks.
That leaves Manchester United and Arsenal with a somewhat clear run to sign Verratti. However, he won't come cheap with offers in excess of £40 million expected to be needed to convince Laurent Blanc to sell.
While Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola appear well stocked in midfield, they are ready to go back in for the 22-year-old when the transfer window reopens in January. Both would provide stern competition for the Premier League duo.
If PSG retain their price tag of over £40 million then that will likely rule Arsenal out of proceedings. Arsene Wenger reportedly has just £20 million to spend on new transfers and has already prioritised a new central defender.
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Louis van Gaal will certainly have more than that available to him, but he may feel that adding to his again after an impressive £150 million summer spending spree will only serve to disrupt an already underperforming team.
One signing that has managed to impress since arriving at Old Trafford is Daley Blind, who plays in a similar deep lying role to Verratti. Meanwhile Manchester United's defence is in serious need of beefing up and may well land higher on Van Gaal's priorities.
Anyway, competing for a player with the two biggest teams in the world is usually a pointless exercise. Not only can Bayern Munich and Real Madrid offer more money, they can also offer a much greater chance to win trophies.
All things considered, do not hope to see Verratti plying his trade at Old Trafford or the Emirates in the near future.
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