Can PSG afford to sell Marco Verratti this summer?

At times Marco Verratti can be the most inspirational and talented man on the pitch with skills, turns and passes that make your mouth water as a Paris Saint-Germain supporter, but when the game is getting away from the capital club the Italian can often become anonymous. So with Barcelona possibly on the verge of taking him out of Paris, I ask whether Marco Verratti is too instrumental for PSG to let him leave this summer. 

Verratti joined PSG from Pescara in 2012 and since then there has been no player I have admired watching for Les Rouge et Bleu’s more than the little Italian. He has become the focal point of the Paris midfield, the maestro, and has given Paris that control and calmness on a countless number of occasions. In doing so Verratti has become one of Europe’s finest talents which more than justifies his hefty price tag in which Barcelona have been reportedly looking at with interest over the past couple of weeks.

At the young age of 24 still, Verratti is a very ambitious player and PSG’s failure to challenge for the Champions League yet again and disappointment of not winning the league for the first time in five years has prompted the Italian to consider other options for success. Barcelona have been seriously linked with Verratti in the media recently alongside Bayern Munich and Juventus who also known to be keeping a close eye on his situation in Paris.

Marco Verratti
Image by PSG.fr

However, I think PSG need to do all they can to keep Marco Verratti. The 24 year-old has the potential to be not only one of the world’s best midfielders, but a leader on the pitch who can take the capital club to their aim of European glory, and letting him go would be a massive step back for Paris. Not only would the team lack his immense talent in midfield, selling the Italian may also put off players from joining the club as it sends a message of a lack of ambition and motivation in the capital.

New sporting director Antero Henrique has already stated his intention to keep Verratti this summer by warning other clubs that PSG are not a “selling club.” PSG are also bound to put a huge price tag on Verratti – a rumoured fee of almost €100m has been thrown about recently.

On the other hand Marco Verratti can be pretty inconsistent, especially when the game is going against him. For a player worth so much, Verratti is not a man who can win games by himself and has been criticised over his time at PSG for dropping out of games, most notably in the catastrophic 3-1 loss to Nice where him – alongside the rest of the Paris midfield – were totally anonymous.

That said Marco Verratti has been one of the stand out performers since joining Les Parisiens and has cemented his crucial role in midfield and firmly as one of the fan favourites in the capital. The quality he brings, calmness on the ball and potential of only being 24 years-old means that there is no way PSG can afford to sell Marco Verratti this summer if they wish to achieve their ultimate ambition of winning the Champions League.

 

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