Manchester United have identified 24-year-old superstar as a potential replacement for Michael Carrick. According to reports from the Metro, Manchester United have identified Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti as a potential replacement for Michael Carrick.
Michael Carrick has been a crucial figure to Manchester United’s success since joining the club from Tottenham Hotspur back in the summer of 2006.
Having made close to 450 appearances for United, Carrick has won five Premier League titles, one FA Cup and a UEFA Champions League title during his time at Old Trafford and even at the ripe old age of 35, the Englishman arguably remains one of the best players in the current Red Devils’ squad.
That said, even the evergreen Carrick cannot go on forever and as a result, manager Jose Mourinho has been restricted to using the midfielder only sparingly during the current campaign so far.
Although it will be a very difficult task, Manchester United now surely need to look for a replacement for Carrick and a number of names have been bandied about in the media as potential targets for the Premier League giants in recent times.
Now according to reports emerging out of the Metro, claims have been made that United have earmarked Paris Saint-Germain superstar Marco Verratti as the ideal man to succeed Carrick at Old Trafford. The PSG man is currently rated £34m, an amount United should have no problem paying if they truly want him.
Verratti is undoubtedly one of the best midfield players in world football at the moment and the Italian international has been crucial in helping PSG become the force they are today after joining the French giants from Pescara during the summer of 2012.
Given his wonderful performances for PSG over the years, Verratti has been attracting the interest from a host of clubs and it is believed that United will be ready to splash the cash in order to lure the 24-year-old to Old Trafford next summer when Carrick’s contract expires.
Verratti is contracted to PSG till 2021 and it would surely take a huge bid for United to convince the French champions to part with their star player.
Nonetheless, United have shown that they are ready to pay exorbitant amounts to sign their desired targets in recent times and Verratti joining the Old Trafford based outfit may well be within the realms of possibility.