Saturday October 29 2016
Montella: 'I nearly signed Verratti'

After Marco Verratti’s agent said he could leave Paris Saint-Germain, Milan Coach Vincenzo Montella reveals he nearly signed him at Fiorentina.

Verratti has been criticised in the French media, who claim there are problems with new PSG boss Unai Emery.

“I remain stunned when I read certain criticism,” agent Donato Di Campli told Rai Sport last night.

“The French Press ought to be honoured and thank their lucky stars if Marco plays in Paris, otherwise they’d be reporting on friendly games between locals.

“If they continue like this, he really will leave Paris. It’s not just the media, but others who criticise him and don’t understand football.

“I speak to other clubs and Coaches in other teams who think very differently.”

Milan Coach Montella spoke at a Press conference today and was asked if he was keeping an eye on the Verratti situation.

“I don’t want to disappoint you, but it is premature,” was the answer.

“We were on the verge of signing him when I was at Fiorentina. In the end he went to Paris Saint-Germain, because they made a better offer.”

If Verratti were to return to Italy, Juventus and Inter are also ready to make a proposal.