Marco Verratti (Italy), a veteran who played for PSG for 12 years, leaves Lee Kang-in’s arms and heads to the Middle East.
Italian soccer journalist Niccolo Skira reported on his social network service (SNS) on the 10th (Korean time) that PSG midfielder Verratti has confirmed his transfer to Qatar Al Arabi.
The reporter reported, “Verratti is transferring from PSG to Al Arabi. The transfer fee is 50 million euros (about 71.5 billion won) and he will receive an annual salary of 30 million euros (about 42.9 billion won) until 2026.”
Verratti has been consistently linked to Saudi professional league clubs in this summer’s transfer market. In the summer, Verratti was strongly linked with Al Hilal.
Fabrizio Romano, a transfer market reporter, posted on his SNS on August 1st, “Verratti has already reached a personal agreement with Al Hilal. However, there is no agreement between the clubs yet,” and “PSG Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi “We want a transfer fee of at least 30 million euros and will look for various solutions,” he said.
In addition, Verratti was informed during the pre-season that he, along with Neymar, was not included in the new season plans. French media RMC Sports said at the time, “Neymar and Verratti did not appear at the media day,” and “both players trained indoors.”
“According to information, sporting director Luis Campos and coach Luis Enrique called seven players, including Renato Sánchez, Hugo Eketique, and Juan Bernat, in addition to the two players, and informed at least five players that they would be excluded from the PSG project next season. These players are “He is being encouraged to leave the club this summer.”
Verratti participated in a pre-season tour leading to Japan and Korea ahead of this season. He also participated in the Coupang Play Series against Jeonbuk Hyundai held in Busan. But now it looks like he will head to Qatar to continue his career.
Verratti grew up at the Pescara Academy in Italy and debuted with the Pescara first team in 2008. He grew into a midfielder with a combination of passing play, strong pressure, and forward passing ability in the midfield, and moved to PSG in the summer of 2012.안전놀이터
Verratti, who played a total of 416 games for PSG, was a key player in the team and played a big role in the Ligue 1 stage, winning 9 Ligue 1 titles, 6 Coupe de France titles, and 6 League Cup titles.
As Lee Kang-in joined PSG as the first Korean player ahead of this season, expectations were high for his chemistry with Lee Kang-in, but there was no opportunity to work together except for pre-season games. The game against Jeonbuk became the last match between Lee Kang-in and Verratti as Lee Kang-in only played in the first pre-season game against Le Havre and the Coupang Play series against Jeonbuk Hyundai due to injury.
Al Arabi is a member of the Qatar Stars League and is one of the strongest teams that has won the league title seven times. However, the most recent win was in the 1996/97 season. Currently, Spanish national Rafinha and Abdou Diallo, a defender who played for PSG, are at Al Arabi.