Sunday June 24 2012
Pescara explain Verratti move

Marco Verratti has been taken off the market and Pescara explain it is because “we had enough of this tug of war.”

The 19-year-old midfielder had been in negotiations with Juventus, Napoli and Roma, but on Saturday the club announced he was definitively off the market.

“It is not a strategy to raise the price-tag. We agreed this course of action with the player and his agent,” President Daniele Sebastiani told Sky Sport Italia.

“There just aren’t the right conditions to continue negotiations and we had enough of this tug of war.

“Considering the lad wants to stay and has a contract until 2016, there isn’t such a big rush to finalise his future. We’ll discuss it again at the right time.”

It had been reported Juventus were down to details to complete the Verratti signature, but Sebastiani insists that was overblown.

“We did not reach an agreement with Juventus, as talks must be made for money and not just players in exchange.

“We set a perfectly suitable price-tag on Verratti, as in our view he is worth €10-12m. He proved all his quality last season.”

Verratti is nicknamed the ‘new Andrea Pirlo’ and was one of the key figures in securing Pescara’s promotion to Serie A.

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