After an impressive 11-year journey at PSG, Marco Verratti is poised to bid farewell to the team before the transfer window closes after PSG and Al-Arabi reached an agreement for the transfer of the Italy international on Sunday according to FootMercato.
Verratti arrived at PSG in 2012 as a relative unknown from Pescara of Serie B in his native Italy. He swiftly rose to become a central figure among the team's ever-changing roster of coaches. He also earned a special place in the hearts of PSG fans over time.
However, following a subpar 2022-23 season marred by fitness issues, the midfielder found himself out of the plans of both the management and the new coach, Luis Enrique, despite his admiration for the player.
There were speculations linking Verratti to clubs from Saudi Arabia after their financial boost through the summer following the investment made by PIF in the Saudi Pro League, but ultimately everything points toward the 30-year-old moving to Qatar instead.
Sources suggest that Al-Arabi, a Qatari club, are "making efforts to convince Verratti to accept their contract offer." The presence of former PSG player Rafinha within Al-Arabi's ranks could potentially sway Verratti's decision, as both shared the Parisian locker room in the past.
Despite Verratti's inclination to remain in Europe, it seems that offers from European clubs have been scarce, with only Chelsea expressing interest. Simply put, Verratti will have to follow Neymar's way out of Paris as he also failed to land an offer from Europe and was forced into joining a Saudi organization.
With his future hanging in the balance, Al-Arabi has seized the opportunity to take the lead in securing Verratti's services, and it's believed that an agreement has already been reached between PSG and the Qatari club for a transfer to be completed through next week.