Marco Verratti, the Italian footballer, is in talks with Barcelona for a team swap after being held by Xavi, the former Barcelona mid field maestro, as his most suitable replacement for the team.
However, Barcelona is not the only team eyeing the twenty three year old. The Italian giants Juventus have also shown a keen interest on him and are ready to offer their star player Paul Pogba for a team swap with Marco’s present team, Paris Saint-German.
Barcelona began showing interest on Marco after Xavi revealed that the only suitable player capable of replacing him was Marco. Xavi also said that Barcelona would benefit a lot if Marco joined the team.
Marco has been described by Xavi as being an “a player of an exceptional level”. Xavi also went on to say that he loves Marco. “His vision of the game and he never loses the ball. This is why he is a perfect fit for the current Barcelona side”.
Marco, who joined his current French team in 2012, has proved to be an exceptional player capable of distributing the ball on a master level. He is also frequently compared to current top players like Mesut Ozil, Andres Inesta and Cesc Fabgregas.
Marco, however, has never been linked to a move to the Spanish giants. He was earlier linked to a move to the English Premier League and the Italian Serie A, but this is the first time a La Liga side has shown interest on him.
Some other clubs who have been sniffing on Marco for a possible transfer this January are Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid. However, the best deal presented to his present club is by the Italian side, which just might be too good to resist for the French side at the moment.
Marco, who is known for his playmaking skills, has impressive stats for a twenty three year old. He has, in such a short while, managed to play a total of 199 professional games, having scored seven goals in important occasions and assisted in over forty different situations.
His first international goal came in a friendly game with the Netherlands in 2013.
Marco is known as a quick, creative, and a technically gifted midfield playmaker. He is also known for his amazing dribbling skills. His skills and close ball control has attracted a lot of attention to his game. His excellent vision and range of passing has enabled him to create the most number of clear cut chances for his team mates.
Marco is just twenty three years of age and stands at 5feet 5inches in height. His salary is estimated to be around $1.65 million per year and his current contract with his team PSG ends in 2019.
Marco’s girlfriend is Italian model Laura Zazzara.