Manchester City 'have asked PSG about Marco Verratti's availability'

Manchester City ‘have asked PSG about Marco Verratti’s availability this summer’, but midfielder wants to stay with French side despite club bosses ‘opening the door’ for him to leave

  • The Italy midfielder has struggled during a patchy campaign for the Ligue 1 side
  • Verratti was one of the players target during fan protests at the start of May
  • The 30-year-old has spent 11 seasons in Paris since moving from Pescara in 2012

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti is set against a move away from the Ligue 1 club, despite an inquiry from Manchester City, according to reports. 

The Italy international has been at the Parisian giants for over 11 years, but the club’s somewhat turbulent 2022/23 campaign has seen the player receive sharp criticism from fans. 

Verratti was one of the players targeted by fan protests at the start of the month, along with Neymar Jnr and Lionel Messi, when Collectifs Ultras Paris organised a gathering of fans to vent their concerns outside of the club’s Boulogne headquarters. 

The former Pescara player is one of a number who hired additional home security in the wake of the protests. 

The club is said to be open to selling the player during the upcoming window, and as per Le Parisien, City is one of the clubs interested in making a move for Verratti. 

Marco Verratti has caught the eye of Man City, but the midfielder is determined to stay in Paris

Premier League title confirmed, Pep Guardiola is now focusing on his summer transfer plans

Pep Guardiola is said to be preparing a shortlist of players that the Premier League champions wish to acquire over the summer, with the midfield highlighted as a particular squad priority. 

Captain Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva are reportedly set to move on from Manchester, and Guardiola and sporting director Txiki Bergiristain have drawn up a list of targets to replace their midfield duo including Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister and Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich. 

Verratti has had a patchy season in France, only regisitering one assist and failing to score in his 38 appearances for the Parisian giants. 

His performance during PSG’s Champions League round-of-16 clash caught the eye for all the wrong reasons, with Verratti’s crucial loss of possession in the away side’s half led to Eric Maxim Choup-Moting’s opening goal. 

The 2-0 drubbing on the night – which saw the tie end 3-0 on aggregate – knocked PSG out of the competition, with the club no closer to securing their elusive first Champions League trophy.  

But despite a less-than impressive showing this season, the 30-year-old is interested in staying in the French capital and fighting to regain form during what will be his 12th season at the club.  

The 30-year-old’s mistake against Bayern set up a 3-0 rout in Munich that knocked PSG out

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