Real Madrid are going to have to work a little harder if Carlo Ancelotti is going to secure the services of his former player and long term target Marco Verratti, after PSG made it perfectly clear their Italian midfielder is not for sale.
The Italian international has been targeted by a host of top European clubs like Inter Milan, Napoli, Real Madrid and Manchester United and if rumours are to believed the midfielder's agent has been in Madrid over the last 48 hours trying to secure a move to the European Champions.
The Marca has reported, that officials from both clubs, who are thought to have a excellent relationship, have spoken with PSG insisting that they will not have to sell any of their top stars after finding out that their punishment for not abiding by the UEFA Financial Fair Play will not be as severe as first thought.
Laurent Blanc has been clear that Verratti remains an important part of his team going forward and will be crucial to their hopes of going all the way in the UEFA Champions League.
PSG have escaped with a fine of only £20 million, which is half of what they originally thought and with that in mind it appears they are in a position to hang on to some of their big names.
Verratti is currently on duty with the Italian national team ahead of their World Cup opener against England on saturday and the gifted playmaker will be keen to put on a good performance knowing there has been interest from Manchester United and Arsenal.
PSG might have stressed he isn't for sale however stranger things have happened in the world of football and with the World Cup looming, Verratti will have the perfect shop window to showcase what he is capable of.
Carlo Ancelotti is a firm favourite of the player since his days at PSG and despite being fully loaded with midfield resources, the Italian would find a place for the talented midfielder.
Arsene Wenger would also love to secure the services of the French League's Young Player of the Year. He is just the sort of player the Arsenal midfield could do with, strong on the ball with a great pass and he is not frightened to get stuck in, something they have lacked for a long time.
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