Marco Verratti is a gifted young Italian play maker who is one of the first names down on the team sheet at Paris Saint-Germain this season. Attention wasn’t paid to his arrival at the French club because they also signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva in the same summer.
Verratti is a 20-year-old central midfield player who is widely respected as the replacement to Andrea Pirlo in the Italian senior team. He was signed by PSG from Serie B side US Pescara as the giants of Italian football circled around him like sharks.
PSG paid only 12 million Euros for him which means Arsenal could pay up to around £20 million for the Italian if they decide to move for him in January. This is just about on the upper limit of what Arsene Wenger seems prepared to pay for a player from another club.
There is a good argument to ask why Arsenal would need someone like Verratti when they have so much talent in their midfield already. The answer is simple, he is a completely different player to anyone in the Arsenal team.
He’s much more aggressive and sharper than a player like Jack Wilshere and he is a much more direct player. He shifts the ball into the final third quickly and seems to have a lot about him in terms of winning the ball back.
Arsenal are yet to comment on this speculation so it’s doubtful whether a move will come together considering that Verratti is just six months into life at his new club. However, if Arsenal lose Theo Walcott in January they could be looking to add some extra fire power to their midfield and Verratti is a young and natural target for Wenger.
It would be a slight gamble because Verratti has only played for PSG when it comes to top tier European football. However, he’s started ten games in Ligue 1 and four games in the Champions League, only being named as a substitute when he needs a little rest.
Verratti to Arsenal could be criticised if it happens due to the player’s current profile but he could be an awesome signing for the Gunners.