Manchester United & Arsenal dealt Verratti transfer blow

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Manchester United and Arsenal's hopes of potentially signing Marco Verratti appear to have been dealt a bit of a blow, with the player's agent having insisted that his client is happy at Paris Saint-Germain. 

Manchester United have reportedly had the midfielder on their transfer radar for a few seasons now and watched him recently, while Arsenal were also linked with a swoop for the £17 million-rated Verratti.

However, the Italian international's agent appears not to have been privy to any such rumours and insists that is client is perfectly content with life at the Parc des Princes. 

"I am not aware of any interest. Marco is happy at PSG," he confirmed in quotes to the Italian media that were cited by talkSPORT.

Given that he has already established a reputation as one of European football's most-gifted and reliable midfielders, it is certainly not difficult to see why there has been so much transfer interest building around the elegant Verratti in recent months.

Manchester United have endured a very difficult season under the guidance of David Moyes, with the Scot expected to invest heavily in several high-quality new recruits when the transfer window re-opens in July.

The centre of midfield has been a particular area of weakness at Old Trafford, with Moyes struggling to get the best out of the likes of Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, has a number of quality midfield options at their disposal but has also been without the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere just recently as the young duo have struggled with injury.

While it doesn't sound like Verratti's agent was totally ruling out a move for his client, you have to think it would be exceedingly difficult for either Manchester United or Arsenal to prise him away from Ligue 1 - particularly in the event that both clubs fail to qualify for next season's Champions League. 

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