The Champions of England, Chelsea, have had more than an impressive season this year under manager Antonio Conte. The fans and players might be in a light-hearted, relaxed mood right now but make no mistake, come next season, they would take part in European competitions adding a significant number of matches to their schedule than they had played this season.
It would come as no surprise that Antonio Conte would be more than willing to strengthen his squad and add more quality players. Reports have suggested that the Italian is trying to poach one of his young natives from the French Capital.
Marco Verratti has been on the radar of big clubs for a long time now. But with the youngster having signed a hefty 5-year contract last year with PSG it would take more than a handsome fee to convince the Parisians to let go of their star player.
Marco Verratti – Player Stats
The PSG midfielder could play in a holding as well as attacking midfield position. He has been instrumental in infusing flamboyance and creativity in the midfield.
- In his 28 Ligue 1 appearances, he has scored 3 goals and provided 5 assists.
- The youngster boasts a pass success percentage of 88, a figure which could challenge many top players.
- Verratti also possesses a dribble success rate of 88% in the league, a feat which shows his creativity and skill in the midfield.
- The player also has an average of 4.5 long balls per game which only goes to showcase the vision and creativity that the individual possesses.(Source: – WhoScored)
What will he offer to the Club?
The above points do make for a stellar resume enviable by many young and veterans alike. The young midfield maestro already has drawn comparisons of himself with the likes of Italian midfield Legend Andrea Pirlo. With his astounding ball control and dribbling techniques accompanied with quick reactions, the player has established himself as a fear factor in the heart of his opponents.
It could easily be said that he would be an apt addition to the Chelsea squad whose midfield has been overtly dependent on the likes of Hazard and Kante. Verratti would not only add creativity in the final third of the pitch, but his addition would also mean that Conte would have the option of rotating his midfield players without the risk of wearing them out.
Is he worth the money?
With Nasser Al-Khelaifi terming the player as an”Idol” it goes to show how much highly rated the player is considered in the French Capital. With PSG having a staunch stance against the selling of their midfield maestro, Chelsea would have to play hardball. But going all out is more than worth for a player of such a stature considering he would he be a long term prospect for any club. Also being just 24 years he is yet to develop into his prime. One could only imagine the havoc that he might create with Hazard and Kante in the midfield.