Verratti’s future has been under a lot of speculation in recent months, and with less than a week left for the summer transfer window, another European heavyweight has joined the race to obtain the 24-year-old’s signature.
Initially, Juventus and Barcelona were linked to grab the midfielder, but after PSG’s huge financial demands for their star, Juve pulled out of the race, leaving Barca as the sole front-runners.
But now, as reported by Diario Gol, Real Madrid too want the Italy international to be a part of their squad for next season. It was claimed that Madrid chief Florentino Perez is ready to let Gareth Bale leave the club this summer, as long as Verratti moves to Santiago Bernabeu.
In fact, Perez has told the Ligue 1 giants that Los Blancos would let the Welsh winger go, in addition to a fee of €60 million, in exchange for Verratti.
Madrid had signed Bale from Tottenham by paying a then-world record fee of €101 million in 2013, but Perez has since grown increasingly frustrated with the player, whom he brought in to be the long term successor to Cristiano Ronaldo, because of his inability to stay fit.
Barcelona are said to be negotiating with the Ligue 1 runners-up over Verratti, but with Madrid’s very tempting offer on the table, the Catalans could be forced to spend more money on the Italian maestro.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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