Juventus ready to splash €80m on Verratti

Serie A By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 28/03/2017

Juventus are reportedly prepared to offer €80m to bring in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti at the end of this current campaign.

The Bianconeri are looking for a top-class midfielder for next season, having failed to replace the world most expensive player Paul Pogba after his move to Old Trafford.

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Despite an interest in Lyon’s playmaker Corentin Tolisso, Corriere Dello Sport revealed that Verratti is their number one target, with the Italian champion willing to offer €80m.

The newspaper publication reports that Juventus general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, will speak informally with PSG about an offer, and ready to make an official bid if the response is positive.

However, it’s likely the Ligue 1 champion would demand around €100m for one of their star players, and relations between the clubs are notoriously frosty.

PSG were angered by the way Juventus brought Kingsley Coman to Turin and pulled the plug on a move for Blaise Matuidi last summer after a deal seemed to be done.

Much will, therefore, depend on the Italian international Verratti, who has repeatedly said he’s happy in Paris but did grow up as a Juventus fan.

The 24-year-old is on international duty with the Italian national team who takes on the Netherlands in and international friendly.