Paris Saint Germain midfielder Marco Verratti’s agent, Donato Di Campli, has confirmed that the Italian could seek a move away from France over the summer.
It has been reported throughout the season that Jose Mourinho, clearly mindful of securing a replacement for Michael Carrick over the summer, has pin-pointed the 24-year-old as the ideal man to step into the Englishman’s shoes.
Verratti, when asked about the prospect of a potential move elsewhere back in November, noted that he was happy at PSG and determined to win trophies – citing the Champions League especially – under Unai Emery.
But Di Campli, speaking to Gazzetta Dello Sport, revealed that the Italian – in the wake of PSG’s humiliating Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona – was now open to a summer move.
“Marco wants to win and at PSG just now he cannot,” he said.
“He has been in Paris for five years and now has to make up his mind: does he want to earn a lot without winning anything or lift trophies and become a champion?
“The situation is very complicated, particularly because his contract is long. This is not a money problem.
“One thing is for certain: if he leaves PSG, it will be for a top European club.”
Now, listen: I’m really not one to blow my own trumpet on here. My job is to deliver you – a United fan – news from the club we both love and offer my humble opinions on various issues. But I ask you to allow me this one moment to gloat about the fact that, following PSG’s capitulation at the Camp Nou, I did indeed predict Verratti – who made a note of prioritising Champions League success above anything – to contemplate his future.
And who can blame him? PSG have gone backwards this season, failing to create a simple path towards Ligue 1 success like normal and even falling short in reaching their customary place in the Champions League quarter finals.
United, on the other hand, whilst not able to guarantee Champions League football just yet, are a club moving forward under Jose Mourinho, and the prospect of continued progression – as well as a fundamental role in midfield – next season may be enough to sway Verratti over the summer.