Rumors of a summer swoop for Marco Verratti lit up the transfer rumor lines Friday after reports surfaced that Inter would be preparing a major offer.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder apparently could move back to his home country after his agent reportedly told a Serie B club executive over dinner that Inter is readying a big-money transfer package for this summer, according to a sport by Italian TV channel Rai Sport. However, other reports concluded that PSG would do its best to keep hold of Verratti.
Telegraph writer Jason Burt posted that Verratti would not be moving to Chelsea in January no matter how much money the English club offered.
While that doesn’t exactly refute the original report, it does confirm that PSG is doing its best to hold onto the Italian midfielder no matter the offer.
Since moving from Serie B side Pescara in 2012, Verratti has been an important part of the PSG midfield. He’s made 12 Ligue 1 appearances this season, with featuring in eight wins, three draws, and one loss. Meanwhile, the club has lost twice in the five matches Verratti did not appear.
Verratti sports an 88% pass accuracy, and while that’s not a standout number on a possession-based team like PSG, coupled with a stunning 85% take-on rate (18/21), he has been an asset to a PSG squad that sits third in the Ligue 1 table four points back of the leader. Unai Emery’s group will face off against Barcelona in the Champions League knockout stage in February.
Verratti’s current contract with PSG runs through 2021.
There have been reports of discontent between player and manager, but in late November, Emery looked to ease those fears saying, “He is happy in Paris and at PSG, one of the most important teams in the world.” This came after Italy manager Giampiero Ventura said Verratti was not playing against top competition at Ligue 1 and that playing for a strong team like PSG means he can coast through matches.