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Verratti nears Fiorentina switch

Fiorentina are planning a summer move on Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, reports La Nazione.

The Artemio Franchi outfit were unable to sign their long-term target this summer, but they are hoping to finally lure him to Florence in a year’s time.

Fiorentina officials have made the Italy international their number one target and club chief Daniele Prade has hinted Verratti could arrive next summer.

“We plan our future recruits in advance, and I can say that we already know what will happen in the summer of 2014,” Prade told La Nazione.

Meanwhile, technical director Eduardo Macia has revealed that the midfielder is interested in a move to Artemio Franchi.

“Verratti? He is a player who wants to play in Florence and our club like him a lot. If Fiorentina continue to grow, another dream will come true,” Macia confirmed to Il Corriere Fiorentino.

Marco Verratti is seen as a perfect long-term replacement for deep-lying playmaker David Pizarro, who has entered the closing stage of his career.

The 20-year-old recently signed a new deal until June 2018 at Parc des Princes, but it is no secret he is eager to return to Italian Serie A.

Marco Verratti joined the Saints from Pescara last summer and has since made 30 Ligue 1 appearances for the club.

Tue 10 September, 2013
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