With Real Madrid continuing to plot its assault on the transfer market this summer, Marco Verratti has been widely touted as a possible addition to add depth in midfield.
The Italian starlet, who has spent the last season working under Carlo Ancelotti at PSG, is currently away at the European Under-21 Championship, but has sought to brush off the talk of a move. “I heard about Ancelotti a few days ago and I think he’s going to leave. If this is the case, I’ll be happy for him because he’d be going to a big club. But my future isn’t tied to the coach’s. I am very happy in Paris; we’ll see what happens in the future, but for now I want to stay at PSG”, he claimed.
Verratti’s agent, Donato di Campli, has acknowledged Real’s interest in the youngster: “Next week I will meet with PSG to talk about his future. Real Madrid is interested”, he told ‘SportMediaset’.
Real Madrid had been hot on Carlo Ancelotti’s trail to make him the newest leader of Los Blancos in wake of Jose Mourinho’s departure. While it seemed that everything was lining up for that to take place, a recent snag in these developments may cause Real to look elsewhere.
Ancleotti, Real Madrid, and Paris Saint-Germain were under negotiations to bring him to the Bernabeu. However, Leonardo de Araújo, PSG’s sporting director who had been tapped to be the next PSG coach, was recently banned for nine months by the French National Football League for shoving a referee.
The harsh punishment means that Leonardo will be unable to assume duties as coach, and PSG are now left to look for other options, and aren’t willing to let go of Ancelotti just yet, if at all. Real Madrid hope to find a new coach as soon as possible, and don’t want this process to draw out long into the summer.
At Real Madrid do not want problems with the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti, a scenario they haven’t entirely ruled out, and don’t want to be caught without a plan B in place. Hence the white dome has secured the arrival of Jupp Heynckes in case they cannot secure the Italian without financial penalty to break his contract with PSG. Continue reading Real Madrid secures Heynckes as a backup plan→