Saturday, 29th June, 2013
Carlo Ancelotti’s hunt for a solution to Real Madrid’s midfield "deficit" continues, with the Italian tactician pondering a look back to his previous club Paris Saint-Germain and their promising youngster, Marco Verratti.
Ancelotti, who was finally installed in the Real Madrid dugout as their new manager following PSG’s hearball stance, has made clear his belief that the Los Blancos’ midfield needs an overhaul.
True enough, the 2013 Copa del Rey finalists have been scouring the market for a suitable target, linking them with notable names including Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara, Corinthians’ Paulinho and Sevilla’s Geoffrey Kondogbia.
But Ancelotti is yet to get some luck in his chase for a new midfield man. Indeed, Thiago is thought to be wary of moving to a rival club, Paulinho has his eyes set on clinching his England "dream" while Sevilla are mimicking PSG in playing hardball over Kondogbia.
Now Ancelotti is looking at 20-year-old Verratti, who is proving to be a rising star amongst PSG’s ranks. Surely, the Italian tactician need not any coach report to vouch for the young midfielder’s talent, having seen the player in action last season.
The Real Madrid boss has not hesitated to make Verratti his next target, and is thought willing to make a significant offer just to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu.
According to Sky Italia, Ancelotti is looking to throw veteran Xabi Alonso on the bargaining table just to clinch PSG’s green light in signing Verratti – Such a deal, however, waits for Alonso to return from injury.
Verratti’s contract with PSG lasts until 2017.
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