1 Is a transfer likely?While the player himself may be agitating towards a move away from PSG that might not be enough to force through a sale.The man that stands in the way is Nasser Al-Khelaifi – the PSG chairman and CEO.The Qatari businessman sees clubs such as Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich as rivals and equals to his team.Selling to a rival is something Al-Khelaifi isn’t keen on doing and he will never be bullied into selling.For example, Verratti’s teammate Thiago Motta attempted to force through a move to Atletico Madrid last summer but the deal was blocked by the chairman as he was furious Motta had gone behind the club’s back.If Verratti is to move on from the club he has been at since 2012 it will take an offer the chairman couldn’t possibly refuse. The Pescara pass masterWhat Verratti does best, arguably better than anyone else in the world right now, is pass.But the playmaker doesn’t just pass for the sake of it – he unlocks defences in the process.The Pescara-born man sits deep but roams around the field painting a mental picture of the scene before looking to send a teammate on his way.Last season the Italian totalled seven assists across all competitions and, while that tally might not be out of this world, the person who passes before the assist maker is often overlooked despite it being a vital job.More often than not the man supplying that preliminary pass for PSG is Verratti.Such is the midfielder’s talents he has been likened to Andrea Pirlo and has been compared as ‘the best passer of a footballer since Xavi’.Indeed Xavi himself, the former Barcelona midfield maestro, is a keen admirer of the ex-Pescara man saying: “There are very few midfielders better than Verratti.”It is no surprise then that Barcelona are interested in signing the Italian who seems perfectly suited to their style of play.Current midfield star Andres Iniesta’s career is nearing the end so to bring in Verratti could sure up Barcelona’s midfield for years to come. Marco Verratti Does he have any weaknesses?With Verratti standing at just 5ft 5in tall don’t expect the midfield man to be arriving with any strong thumping headers – aerial ability is not his strong suit.Furthermore, while he may be small in stature, the Italian does not shy away from a challenge, which often leads to him launching into tackles and picking up yellow cards.Of course this is nitpicking. Being diminutive didn’t hinder Xavi during his illustrious career and, if Verratti can reign in the passionate challenges, then you have the complete midfielder. The summer transfer window is approaching and one particular midfielder is highly sought after.Paris Saint-Germain Marco Verratti supposedly wants out of the French capital over fears the team’s faltering European form cannot match his ambition.The diminutive playmaker is in high-demand, with Barcelona and Juventus just two of a host of top clubs looking to bring in the 24-year-old Italian.So is Verratti worth all the hype? We take a closer look at the world’s most sought after central midfielder.
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