According to reports in the Sunday Mirror on June 3, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to make £100m-rated Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti his marquee signing this summer.
It was clear during the 2017/18 campaign that the Portuguese boss was often not happy with his midfield options – especially after dropping Paul Pogba on occasions – and the retirement of Michael Carrick and potential exit of Marouane Fellaini mean that he may not be finished in the market yet despite an agreement being reached for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred on Tuesday.
Verratti would certainly be an impressive addition for United, who are also reportedly targeting a move for a £31m defender, given he is a key player for the Ligue 1 giants and is equally as good defensively – he loves a tackle and an interception – as he is going forward, and in many ways he is like Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, although he perhaps is slightly better in the final third than the Frenchman given his ability to unlock defences.
We asked Man United fans to vote on our poll to see whether they thought the 25-year-old could make more of an impact and be better than Kante in the Premier League, and a whopping 85% believe that he would be.
Mourinho certainly looks as though he means business this summer and will know that he needs a stronger squad if he is to compete with Manchester City for the title next term, and signing Verratti would certainly be a huge statement of intent that the Red Devils can do exactly that.