Manchester United to test Paris Saint-Germain's resolve with £79m Marco Verratti bid

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic might not be the only Paris Saint-Germain star arriving at Manchester United this summer.

The 34-year-old, whose contract at the Parc des Princes expires at the end of the month, is widely expected to sign a one-year deal after Euro 2016.

However, Italian reports suggest United are also interested in one of his teammates.


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According to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Jose Mourinho is set to launch a stunning £79 million move for Marco Verratti.

The Italian, 23, is a prized asset at PSG after becoming one of Europe’s finest central midfielders over the past three seasons.

The same report claims Verratti would be interested in a move to Old Trafford but suspects his current employers will block any move.

Central midfield is certainly an area of United’s squad that needs improving.

At 34-years-old, Michael Carrick is on the wane, whilst the injury-prone Bastian Schweinsteiger is past his best and Morgan Schneiderlin has flattered to deceive since arriving from Southampton last summer.

An injection of youth, pace and versatility would do United’s midfield wonders following a season where energy was sorely missed.

The issue remains, though, that Verratti is contracted in the French capital until 2020 with the option to extend until 2021.

A lack of Champions League football on offer could also play a damaging role in United’s pursuit of the Italian.

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