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Has Marco Verratti suddenly become much more available?

Thursday 20th July 2017
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There's a young Italian of just 24 years of age over in Paris who controls central midfield like a seasoned veteran with sheer class on the ball and a surprising bite to his tackles. Marco Verratti has established himself as a top class player in recent seasons and he may just have upped his chances of actually moving elsewhere in the near future.

Marco Verratti has subsequently been linked with a move to Catalan giants Barcelona this summer, with the Italian supposedly seen as the right fit to adapt seamlessly into Barcelona's coveted system in midfield. He naturally possesses the brain alongside the work rate that we have seen from the likes of Iniesta and Xavi over the years, so for Barcelona to see him as the right fit is very well justified. Any speculation with such a

Any speculation with such a move, however, seems to have been rapidly quashed. Most likely due to PSG refusing to even think of losing such a player. Something they are of course well within their rights to do. However, on Wednesday evening the player himself took to social media to announce he would be getting a new agent. That new representation would be ruled by none other than Mino Raiola.

Now if you haven't heard of Raiola then where have you been for the last year?

A post shared by Marco Verratti (@marco_verratti92) on Jul 19, 2017 at 11:48am PDT

Raiola also represents the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku to name a few. Ironically all of which have made big money moves to Manchester United in the past year or so. Even outside of the players he has secured switches to Manchester United, he has also managed to negotiate Verrattis Italian compatriot and well sought after goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma a bumper new deal at AC Milan after supposedly turning down their initial offer. Whichever way you look at it Raiola gets his clients exactly what they want. If it's a move to a new club Raiola swoops in and comes away with a transfer in the bag, not to mention a big controversial agent fee to go with it. So it really begs the question, why has Verrati suddenly switched agent?

So it really begs the question, why has Verrati suddenly switched agent?

It, of course, could simply be that he needed a new agent and Raiola is one of the best out there so naturally, the two have teamed up. But it could also be that he wants something done, whether that be a new contract at PSG that reflects his worth to them or even the move away to pastures that has been whispered about.

There will of course now be those who speculate he will follow suit of so many others who Raiola represents and a move to Old Trafford could materialise. It would naturally be a fantastic signing for Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward to secure and Marco Verratti could thrive at United, teaming up with Pogba in midfield. However to fuel speculation on a transfer simply due to his agents passed deals may be a little far-fetched. Not out of the question of course but still it would need a lot more substance than that. Perhaps he has heard the Barca rumours or even been contacted by them personally and feels that move is right and he needs a master negotiator to free him from PSG before he can make the move.

No doubt PSG will flat out refuse to let him go, and it would take a mammoth bid to even loosen their grip on him. He's not the sort of player you openly allow to leave your club that is one certainty. He is just 24 years of age and could be at the peak of his powers for many years to come.

Whether or not his switch to Raiola becomes anything more than a simple case of new representation remains to be seen. What is clear though is that if he does indeed wish to venture away from the Parc Des Princes you can guarantee his new super agent will get him that move by hook or by crook. Prepare yourself for a lot of speculation on this one before the window shuts!
Ryan Stewart

23 years old, Sport Journalism graduate living in Salford. Work in web content in Media city and always looking to break in to sports writing. Manchester United season ticket holder.

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