Italian youngster reportedly in talks with French champions over new deal.
Napoli have made a “monstrous” offer for Paris Saint-Germain starlet Marco Verratti according to the midfielder’s agent.
Donato Di Campli was speaking after the Italian international held talks with his current employers over an improved deal, with the intention of gaining a significant pay-rise.
It is understood that the youngster wants €3m per season with PSG thought to be ready to double his current salary which is said to be around €800,000 a year as reported by Football Italia.
“We are still some way off an agreement,” Di Campli told Gazzetta.it. “The negotiations need to continue.”
“Talks will continue, even if I’m not that optimistic or hopeful. The fact is that Marco still has four years to go on his contract here.
“However, he is not short of alternatives. Just this morning a monstrous offer arrived on behalf of Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis.
“We will meet with PSG again next week. I need to speak with Marco and his family, then we will see,” he concluded.
The 20-year-old is widely regarded as a star of the future, with similarities being drawn between himself and Andrea Pirlo.
The former Pescara ace is also deployed in a deep-lying midfield playmaker role, and has continued to improve over the course of the last two years with many tipping him to replace the Juventus veteran in the national side in the years to come.
Di Campli has previously revealed the likes of Juventus and Fiorentina are also tracking Verratti, who left Italy last summer due to the fact that none of the top clubs in Serie A could compete financially with the French giants.
However, given the money that has been spent this summer on players in Italy’s top flight, both Napoli and Fiorentina are said to be in a much better position to satisfy the player’s demands.
It remains to be seen whether the negotiations between Verratti and PSG are successful, but it would appear that Napoli owner De Laurentiis is ready to step in and snap up the promising youngster should they fail to agree on new terms.