According to L'Equipe, there are discussions surrounding the potential departure of Marco Verratti from PSG to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia. In recent hours, talks have intensified as both clubs aim to finalize the transfer deal.
Although he signed an extension to remain at PSG through June 2026, the Italy international and PSG midfielder seems "open to the idea of joining the Saudi club." According to the latest reports, Verratti is expected to sign a three-year contract.
Verratti has expressed some uncertainty and felt like the odd man out at PSG for the last few weeks and months, mostly after returning from the World Cup break in rather bad shape and overweight. With his future in doubt, PSG want to cash in while they can.
That, however, doesn't mean it will be an easy operation. While Verratti is willing to sign to play football in Saudi Arabia and might have already reached a deal including all terms, PSG are reportedly demanding more than the €30m Al-Hilal has offered for the veteran at this point.
That fee falls significantly short of PSG's expectations, with president Nasser Al-Khelaifi reportedly "demanding a fee of €100m" to let the player go, and most probably not dropping below the €60m line in his valuation of the Italian.
Football insider Fabrizio Romano, in his latest newsletter, also confirmed that Al-Hilal has in fact engaged in conversations with PSG over Marco Verratti.
According to Romano, the Saudi Club "have submitted a bid to PSG" and "a three-year contract with an enticing salary" to Verratti.
As first reported by L'Equipe, Romano echoed PSG's current position with the organization "holding out for a higher transfer fee," pointing out that they want more than the offered €30m fee that is currently on their table.
The talks are ongoing and at an advanced stage, with the parties now waiting to finalize the necessary paperwork, said Romano, with the final amount of money to be paid to PSG the only detail to iron out before the deal gets completed and Verratti departs Paris after 10 years in the French capital.