Chelsea to lose £70m-fight over Verratti to Barca

March 29, 2017
PSG favourite Marco Verratti is rated by many as the finest midfielder in Ligue 1

PSG favourite Marco Verratti is rated by many as the finest midfielder in Ligue 1

CHELSEA face losing a £70million fight with Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti.

Blues boss Antonio Conte is thought to be monitoring the Italy star as part of a possible £330million summer spree.

But Barca regard Verratti, 24, as the type of deep-lying playmaker they have struggled to find since Xavi Hernandez left two years ago.

Verratti and £86m-rated Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann are the costliest superstars on Conte’s wishlist.

The Premier League champions-elect are preparing for the possible loss of top scorer Diego Costa, Real Madrid target Eden Hazard and even keeper Thibaut Courtois.

Verratti shows his all-round ability with a strong challenge on Lyon and ex-Man Utd midfielder Memphis Depay

Italian Verratti shows his all-round ability with a strong challenge on Lyon and former Manchester United midfielder Memphis Depay

But Manchester United remain favourites to sign France hitman Griezmann.

And Barca are best placed to nab former Pescara ace Verratti, according to goal.com – despite PSG insisting they will keep their main man.

Verratti would give Chelsea a compact central midfield alongside N’Golo Kante, who has been such a huge success since swapping Leicester‘s title glory for Conte’s first season in English football.

Chelsea and Man Utd both want France and Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann
Much-wanted Italy star Verratti closes on Holland flier Memphis Depay

Much-wanted Italy star Verratti closes on Holland flier Memphis Depay
Verratti shines for his country in the World Cup qualifier against Albania at Stadio Renzo Barbera last week

Verratti shines for his country in the World Cup qualifier against Albania at Stadio Renzo Barbera in Palermo last week

Real Madrid were also keen on Verratti.

But that interest has reportedly cooled since then-boss Carlo Ancelotti left in 2015.

And current Real manager Zinedine Zidane is more focused on signing an outstanding wide man, like Belgium stylist Hazard.

SOURCE: thesun.co.uk


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