Liverpool and Man United battle for PSG starlet

PSG midfielder Marco VerrattiLiverpool and Manchester United are set to go head-to-head with Real Madrid for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, according to reports from talkSPORT.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is said to have around £20m at his disposal for this summer’s transfer window, as he looks to make the Merseysiders a genuine Premier League force.

Meanwhile, United are also keen to bolster their central options, with Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs in desperate need of adequate cover.

But, the pair face competition in the shape of Real Madrid, who are believed to be willing to spend big to lure the 20-year-old Italian to the Bernabeu as part of their plan to overhaul their squad.

The Spaniards are said to see him as an ideal long-term replacement for Xabi Alonso, who has himself been linked with a return to Anfield.

However, PSG are said to be keen to hold onto their starlet, and will demand in the region of £30m to allow him to leave.

Verratti, is rated as one of the top emerging talents in Europe, and has been impressive for the Parisians both domestically and the Champions League this term.

Despite making over 20 Ligue 1 appearances, his future is not certain, with the French outfit always on the lookout for established players to join their star-studded squad.

Should they secure a big money arrival in Verratti’s position, the youngster could find himself pushed aside.

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