Marco Verratti linked to Manchester United as the media begin to clutch straws?

Manchester United will seemingly need to sign two midfielders this summer with Marouane Fellaini on his way out of the club. The signing of Fred is reportedly close to completion after the Brazilian held his medical with the club on Monday. Paris Saint-Germain’s Italian midfielder Marco Verratti, once linked to United, has been linked to the Old Trafford club again on Monday. As you can imagine, when United are linked to players, newspapers sell more copies and have more hits on their websites, so it all amounts to money.

It is said that Mourinho has added Verratti to his hit list this summer and is prepared to spend £75 million on the 25-year-old. The Italian has spent six years at Paris Saint-Germain and it is suggested that United are encouraged by the availability of the player this summer. United have been linked to a long list of midfielders this summer, Fred is seemingly close to signing for the Old Trafford club after having a medical on Monday, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been linked also, with the price of the player too high for many clubs to warrant spending on the 23-year-old.

Juventus are also said to be interested in Verratti and he could fancy a move back to his native Italy this summer. However, United would be able to offer better personal terms for the player, which is something that he would not get with Juventus. United knew that they needed to overhaul the clubs midfield this summer with Michael Carrick retiring and heading into coaching and the increasing likelihood that Fellaini will leave the club on the expiry of his contract this summer.

A midfield consisting of Fred, Verratti, and Paul Pogba would be something that could see United cut the distance between them and Manchester City ahead of the new season but United would need to add in other areas in order to challenge Pep Guardiola’s City side. Verratti is a player that could help United control the game in midfield, a bit like how Carrick did during his career and the Italian has once been compared to Hernandez Xavi, formerly of Barcelona, based on the way he plays.

Verratti, despite falling from grace over the last season or so, not losing his playing style or his ability, but once being a target for the major clubs in Europe and now seemingly off the radar. Having a player like  him, who could resurrect his career in the Premier League would be a big gamble for Mourinho and United, but football is a game of gambles and most United supporters have been moaning at various stages of the season that Mourinho seems too defensive, not actually thinking about the weak defence the club has, which was strengthened by David De Gea.

I don’t see much other than speculation to suggest that United are signing Verratti. They may be interested in the player, as other clubs may be also. But to say he is a major target for United, that is something that just does not wash at the moment. A signing such as Verratti would be a good one if he is given the time by the supporters to adapt and get his career on the road again, but patience and modern-day Manchester United supporters seem to go together like two magnets of the same side, pushing each other a distance apart.

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