Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has switched his transfer crosshairs to Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti after missing out on his team-mate Adrien Rabiot, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The Gunners chased the French champions’ talented playmaker right up to the deadline on Monday, but were unable to get a deal over the line, despite indications that the Parisians wanted to sell.

And now it’s emerged that Roma are leading the race for him – which will now run into January given the player’s desire to leave his club – which has seen Wenger focus on Verratti.

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Unlike Rabiot, he Italy international is a first-team regular at the Parc des Prices, and has been since joining the club a few years ago from Pescara.

PSG are in no rush to sell, but Verratti could grow disillusioned if a long talked about move for Juventus’ Paul Pogba comes to fruition in the next 12 months.

Wenger is a big fan of the silky passer, and sees him as a potential long-term successor to Mikel Arteta.

Any deal would not be cheap, but Arsenal have shown that they’re willing to spend big following deals for Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the last few transfer windows.

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