Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Marco Verratti, with Paris Saint-Germain appearing to win the battle for the midfielder. According to TMW, Verratti is set to stay at PSG and will sign a new deal at the Parc des Princes. With manager Jose Mourinho eyeing up the talented playmaker this summer, he’ll be sad to be missing out on his signature.
Verratti joined PSG from Pescara in 2012 and has gone on to make 239 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 51 goals. The 25-year-old is composed in possession, happy to receive the ball in tight areas and would bring more creativity to the United midfield. However, his future appears to be in the French capital rather than in Manchester, meaning Mourinho will be forced to turn his attentions elsewhere.
According to the Daily Star, Verratti’s new deal with the Parisians could see him earn £125k-per-week until 2023. He’ll be managed by former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel who reportedly told Verratti to lose weight ahead of the new season. Nevertheless, United stand little chance of hijacking a deal this summer. The Red Devils aren’t short of midfield options – Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Fred, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Marouane Fellaini – so they can survive without Verratti.