Marco Verratti is one of the most promising young midfielders in football at the moment, and has been linked with us in the past (via the Express). We may well be back in with a chance of signing him this summer too, as he looks to be forcing his way out of Paris Saint-Germain, according to Spanish publication Marca.
The deep lying playmaker has enjoyed plenty of football under Laurent Blanc in recent seasons, but Marca claim he is looking for a change of scenery. The report suggests he is most keen on a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona, but it’s possible he could be tempted by other offers.
There would be a huge amount of competition if he were to move to either of the Spanish giants, and he would presumably not be happy with a place on the bench.
That said however, it’s not like he would slot straight into the Arsenal starting XI either. Although he usually plays a deeper role in midfield, he would not be able to replace Francis Coquelin. This means he would be fighting for a spot with Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, and Jack Wilshere, and a starting spot would be anything but guaranteed.
He’s an excellent player, but he certainly isn’t what we need at the moment. We already have plenty of depth in that area, and should be focusing our attention on strengthening other areas.