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Juventus close in on Marco Verratti

Pescara midfielder Marco Verratti could be on his ways to Juventus, according to the newly promoted side.

The 19-year-old has really exploded this season as he helped the Dolphins gain automatic promotion to Serie A.

The highly rated midfielder, who has been likened to Andrea Pirlo, even made provisional Italy squad for Euro 2012, but failed to make the final cut.

As a result, the player has seen his name linked to a number of high-profile sides, but it appears Juventus are leading the race for his signature.

“There is nothing official, but Juventus have a great interest in him,” Pescara president Daniele Sebastiani told Radio Sportiva.

“They were the first club to come forward and we will see them again tomorrow for Verratti.”

The club chief confirms that other clubs are also keeping tabs on the promising youngster.

“However, we have other offers for the boy so we will have to wait and see because we will have to re-design our team this summer.”

Sebastini explains that the club would also consider a player plus cash deal, adding fuel to speculations that Juventus forward Ciro Immobile, who spent last season on loan at Pescara, would remain at Stadio Adriatico.

“We only want players in exchange who have the technical needs for our project.”

Marco Verratti has featured in 31 Serie B games for Pescara this term, with 12 yellow cards and two red cards a testament to his fighting spirit.

Mon 18 June, 2012
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