Real Madrid offered Paris Saint-Germain 60 million euros to sign Italian midfielder Marco Verratti last summer, prestigious French magazine France Football has revealed.
According to this magazine, Verratti was Los Blancos first option to reinforce their midfield line, and they tried to convince PSG. However, the French club rejected the offer, as they consider Verratti an essential player.
The footballer’s agent suggested PSG could have asked for 100 million euros in order to let Verratti leave: “If Kevin De Bruyne signs for Manchester City for €80 million, then €100 million for Marco does not seem unreasonable. I hear here and there that Pogba is €100m. For me, Verratti is worth as much,” Donato Di Campli told France Football.
Since Verratti’s signing failed, Madrid ended up signing Mateo Kovacic, who was a much cheaper option, since Los Merengues reportedly paid Inter Milan 35 million euros for the Croatian.
Casemiro also arrived this summer to reinforce Rafa Benitez’s midfield, and given the good performances both signings have put in, it seems like Florentino Perez will not have to bring more players for that position in a long while.