Italian football is set to lose the talent of Marco Verratti after Pescara admitted that they had done a deal with Paris Saint-Germain.
The midfielder was being heavily linked with a move to Juventus and Napoli, but nobody would match the asking price for the 19-year-old.
Now, after talks with PSG, it seems that the well-financed capital outfit will land the Italian Under-21 international.
“PSG have always followed Marco and if the player agrees to the move then it will happen,” President Daniele Sebastiani told Radio Sportiva.
“There is already a total agreement between the two clubs.
“We would have wanted to keep him for another season, but if he accepts Paris SG then that won’t be possible. That’s why we would have preferred to do a deal with an Italian club.”
Juventus were heavily interested in the player and the boy has openly discussed his desire to join the Old Lady.
“A mountain was made out of a molehill in terms of the Juventus story,” Sebastiani noted. “And he never said that he only wanted to join Juve.”
The Corriere dello Sport is suggesting that Pescara will net €11m for the player, but that fee could rise by a further €3m if certain bonuses clauses are activated.
Verratti will be offered a five-year deal worth €1.5m a campaign. His wage could also rise depending on performances.
Betting on Serie A? Bet365 are offering a 100% deposit bonus, up to £200 - find out more