The Future Of Marco Verratti Looks To Be Solved
Barcelona have been absolutely desperate to land Marco Verratti and had clearly identified him as a top target going into the summer transfer window.
However despite the constant links, PSG have not been budging and instead it was they who bagged one of Barcelona's prized assets when they signed Neymar for a record-breaking £198 million.
Verratti has commented on the links to Barcelona and confirmed his decision to remain at the Parc Des Princes:
Marco Verratti insists that Neymar's arrival didn't influence his decision to stay at #PSG.- SBOBET (@SBOBET) August 6, 2017
"Did Neymar change my mind? I did way before."
Marco Verratti: "I decided to stay on this path and I'm happy for it. I never knew that Neymar would come here." pic.twitter.com/ff91TL49mg- Players Sayings (@PlayersSayings) August 6, 2017
Marco Verratti on Barcelona: "There was something, but that was as far as it went. We didn't have any other negotiations." pic.twitter.com/JpoT1RJILM- Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 5, 2017
And the talk is that the Italian is to be rewarded for his loyalty to PSG with a massive new contract.
According to French outlet Journal du Dimanche, via Football Italia, the 24-year old, who recently switched agents and is now represented by super-agent Mino Raiola, is set to put pen to paper on a lucrative deal that will see his wages doubled.
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Verratti is said to earn €6 million euros per year at present, but has reportedly been offered a much-improved salary of €12 million (£10.8 million) per year, which would make him one of PSG's top earners.
Marco Verratti to sign enormous, new, €12m a year #PSG contract.- Angel Sports (@ChampPirloWan) August 6, 2017
BREAKING ' Journal Du Dimanche :flag_fr:' Marco Verratti is set to sign a contract extension with Paris worth €12m per year. pic.twitter.com/JtQDb1dkjD- Football Watch (@FootbaII_Watch) August 6, 2017
It's big money for PSG but clearly they are sound as a pound in their financial situation, and they have basically put Barcelona's interest to bed with Verratti's imminent extension.
His importance to the team, as the metronome in the middle of the park, cannot be overstated, and so keeping him happy is not too far off landing Neymar in terms of PSG's priority objectives.
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