Qatari club Al Arabi are reportedly set to make an offer for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, who has been linked with Manchester United.
The 30-year-old has been allowed to speak to clubs this summer by PSG manager Luis Enrique, who does not see him as part of his long-term plans.
Saudi club Al Hilal agreed personal terms with Verratti back in July but they are yet to agree on a transfer fee with the French giants.
This has opened the door for other clubs to make their move. As reported by TEAMtalk, Man Utd are one of the clubs pushing to sign the midfielder this summer.
That is no surprise, either. It’s no secret that Erik ten Hag wants to add another quality midfielder to his squad before the transfer window closes.
Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat is considered to be Ten Hag’s main target. Liverpool are still in the race for him, though, so there is no guarantee Man Utd will get their man.
Verratti would have been a good alternative to the Moroccan, but it now appears that the Red Devils will struggle to complete a deal for him, too.
Verratti negotiations at ‘crucial stages’
According to reputed transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, Al Arabi are the big favourites to seal a deal for Verratti this summer.
On Twitter, Romano wrote: “Understand Qatari side Al Arabi are set to submit an official bid to sign Marco Verratti.
“Negotiations to enter crucial stages soon. Verratti agreed terms with Al Hilal in July but no deal between clubs with PSG.
“Al Arabi SC now trying to approach Verratti.”
Previous reports suggest that PSG will consider offers in the region of €80m (£68.4m) for Verratti. Whether or not Al Arabi match that fee, remains to be seen.
The Italy international is undoubtedly a top player. He has made 416 appearances for PSG, winning a stunning 30 major trophies in the process.
With that in mind, Verratti could have been the ideal signing for Man Utd to help Ten Hag transform them into serial trophy winners again.
Al Arabi are leading the race for his signature, however. The Red Devils will now look to finalise their deal for Amrabat as soon as possible.
If they miss out on both Verratti and Amrabat, Ten Hag will have very little time to find another midfielder to bring in before the transfer window closes.