Manchester United suffer setback in race for 'next Andrea Pirlo'

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Italy international Marco Verratti is prepared to extend his Paris St Germain contract all but ending Manchester United's hopes of landing the midfielder this summer, according to his agent.

According to talkSPORT, the PSG star joined the club from Pescara in a £10.5m deal last summer, and has impressed in a limited role for the Ligue 1 leaders. 

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly a fan of the player, who's been compared to Juventus and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo.

But Verratti's agent, Donato Di Campli, has revealed the 20-year-old is happy in France, and is not looking to move this summer.

Di Campli told Italian TV channel Rai Sport 1: "He's doing very well in Paris. Which club has £21m to buy him?

"I met [PSG sporting director] Leonardo, we will meet again to talk about improving his contract and I do not think that there will be problems. He is happy to be part of a great club."

The report claims there's interest in Verratti from Italy as well as United. He's regarded as one of his country's best young players, and he's already made three appearances for the national team.

Many were surprised to see him leave Serie 'A' at the end of last season, but the opportunity to play under Carlo Ancelotti at the Parc des Princes was a motivating factor.

United are thought to be in the market for a central midfielder this summer, and Verratti had been mentioned as a possible target.

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