Real Madrid ‘agree Marco Verratti deal’

Real Madrid ‘agree Marco Verratti deal’


Real Madrid have agreed a deal with Italy and PSG midfielder Marco Verratti, according to reports.

Spanish sports daily AS says Los Blancos and the player have reached an agreement over a contract but the 10-time Champions League winners need to discuss a transfer fee with his club.

Reports suggest Real could pay as much as 50 million euros to make him Rafa Benitez’ first signing since being installed as the new boss at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real are in need of a new midfielder with Sami Khedira set to leave the club on a free transfer. The German World Cup winner decided not to renew his contract at the club and will depart after five years. Reports suggest he is close to a deal with Juventus although Arsenal and Chelsea are thought to still be interested.

There is also some doubt over the future of Asier Illarramendi who has failed to nail down a regular first team place since arriving at the club from Real Sociedad two years ago. La Real are believed to be interested while Liverpool are keen too.

Should Verratti sign for the club, it could be the first of some high profile signings this summer as Madrid look to rebuild and win major trophies next season. David de Gea is another name linked with the club and is expected to arrive this summer.

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