Real Madrid are in the midst of a transfer tussle with Liverpool and Manchester United for the signing of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, according to talkSPORT.
Verratti has been performing well for PSG and the Italian national side in recent times, and such form has alerted a host of Europe's elite as they consider bids for the sought-after youngster.
Verratti, who has three international caps to his name, signed a five-year contract with PSG in July 2012, and has been a regular in their first-team ever since his arrival.
He is one of the best deep-lying playmakers in the game, and has even been likened to Juventus legend, Andrea Pirlo.
Reports suggest that Madrid want the 20-year-old starlet to be a long-term replacement for Xabi Alonso, whose future is in doubt after his refusal to sign a contract extension.
According to reports, he is not interested in staying at the Santiago Bernabeu and would like to exit Madrid at the end of the season.
Alonso has been a vital part of the Spanish giant's midfield since his £30m move from Liverpool back in 2009.
News of Alonso's potential availability could prompt former club Liverpool into making a move for the 31-year-old, who is still highly regarded at Anfield.
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