Al-Ahli joins the race to sign Marco Verratti

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Despite initial expectations of staying with the club after Luis Enrique's arrival, Marco Verratti seems poised to depart, as reported by Italian insider Fabrizio Romano when this saga started to unfold a few days ago.

Saudi club Al-Hilal has apparently reached an agreement with the midfielder, but not yet with Paris Saint-Germain. While Al-Hilal's offer stands at €30m, Nasser Al-Khelaifi is holding out for €100m. If the two clubs can agree on a price, it could mark a significant moment in PSG's history because Verratti is determined to bolt away as soon as he can.

However, the negotiations won't be without competition between some suitors. According to L'Equipe, another Saudi club, Al-Ahli, has also set its sights on Marco Verratti and is ready to vie for his services.

If PSG manages to reach an agreement with the Saudi clubs, the Parisian number 6 will have a choice between Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. While Al-Hilal has been in talks with PSG for several weeks and has reached an agreement with the player, Al-Ahli has now officially entered the picture and their new coach, Matthias Jaissle, is set to have discussions with the Italian midfielder in the coming hours.

At Al-Hilal, Marco Verratti would join an intriguing midfield trio alongside Ruben Neves and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, with Kalidou Koulibaly at the heart of the defense. On the other hand, at Al-Ahli, he would play alongside Riyad Mahrez, Allan Saint-Maximin, Edouard Mendy, and Roberto Firmino, presenting an exciting opportunity for the Italian midfielder to join a superstar-loaded team.

As the negotiations unfold, Verratti's potential move to a Saudi club could have a significant impact on PSG's squad and reshape the dynamics in the midfield department, but most prominently it would mark the end of an era for the QSI owners of PSG since Verratti was one of the first players they turned into the faces of the club back in the early 2010s.

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