Juventus’ chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has ruled out a summer move for their reported target Macro Verratti and has further claimed that any transfer step for him will be ‘unrealistic’.
The 24-year-old Italian international has been one of the best midfielders in the recent years and that attracted the top clubs like Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea and Juventus. He was in the centre of the stage again when his side welcomed Barcelona at Parc des Princes and he completely overshadowed the likes of Sergio Busquets and Andre Gomes.
It was earlier reported that the Italian champions are looking to offer Verratti a move back to his homeland, but it now seems like this was nothing but a baseless rumour, as Marotta has mentioned that he is very happy with his current roster.
“We cannot go mad.” he was quoted by Metro Sport.
“It is a dream to think that he may be close to (joining) us. PSG is focusing on him.
“On his current central midfield duo, Marotta added: ‘(Claudio) Marchisio and (Sami) Khedira will not move.
“I’m very happy for him and our national team,” Marotta told prior to Juve’s 4-1 rout of Palermo on Friday.
“He’s a great player who we like, even if I think it’s utopian to think of him, because PSG are focusing on him and we don’t have an opportunity.”
A few days back, before PSG’s game against Barcelona, the 24-year-old stated that he would love to join Barcelona one day and that fueled the speculation, as the Catalan club sure need a player of Verratti’s stature.
“Even though I am currently in a good project and I feel at home, any player would play for Barcelona,” Verratti was quoted by Metro.
“They are still the best team in the world. They have the three best players in attack, and [Andres] Iniesta too. Iniesta, [Lionel] Messi and Neymar create a move in a second.”
What does the future hold for the youngster remains to be seen, but for now, he will be centralizing his Champions League prospect as his side are all but certain to reach the last 8.