Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti won't move to his homeland of Italy due to clubs in Serie A not being able to afford him, according to his agent.
The Italian international has been in superb form for the French champions this season, and has recently put in two top-notch displays against Premier League giants Chelsea in the Champions League last-16.
PSG knocked out Chelsea due to the away goals rule after drawing 2-2 at Stamford Bridge, and Verratti was at the heart of everything during the first and the second leg, but even more so in the return fixture due to his side playing with 10-men for most of the game.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a move away from Paris in recent seasons due to struggling to break into the first team, but after the 2014/2015 campaign, it looks like he has worked his way into Laurent Blanc's first team plans.
However, that hasn't stopped a trio of Premier League clubs from showing an interest in the talented Italian.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea have all been linked with signing Verratti and are all reportedly willing to meet PSG's £40million price-tag for the maestro.
Due to the substantial price-tag on his head, Verratti has struggled to attract interest from his homeland in Serie A, and his agent has confirmed that he has no chance of returning to Italy due to financial powers being elsewhere.
Serie A Return
When talking about Verratti, agent Donato Di Campli stated that his client is just as good as Paul Pogba, who is currently the hot topic in Italy, and admitted that's why he won't be able to move to Serie 'A'.
Di Campli told Sky Sport 24: "You speak about £70m for Pogba, when in Italy we already have a very important player. Yes, Verratti is equal to the Juventus midfielder.
"I am angry only because in Italy we talk about everything except Verratti.
"We emphasise the performance of many other players, not even Italian. France, after having stolen the Mona Lisa, also stole Marco Verratti.
Success in Paris
"The figures make the market, but I'm sure Marco at this time is the most important Italian player.
"He's doing very well in Paris. There is a lot of interest in him. Do I see him back in Italy? Right now it is pure utopia."