The AC Milan president claims he wanted Andrea Pirlo, to whom the Paris Saint-Germain starlet has been compared with, to remain at San Siro but was powerless to stop him leaving
The midfielder most recently hit the headlines by equalising in stoppage time during Italy’s 1-1 friendly draw with Netherlands, and has played regularly under Carlo Ancelotti in Ligue 1 this season.
"Verratti is a player that [Milan] are considering to buy,” Berlusconi told Sportsmediaset. “We need to see if the financial aspects [of any deal] are good enough for us to acquire him."
Verratti has been compared to Azzurri icon Andrea Pirlo due to his fine performances in a Paris Saint-Germain shirt this term, and Berlusconi lamented the loss of the talismanic midfielder who left San Siro for Juventus on a Bosman transfer in 2011.
He said: "[The Pirlo transfer] was done behind my back. We brought in [Riccardo] Montolivo to replace the saddening departure of Pirlo.
“I did not want to sell him. I have put it behind me, but I wanted to be informed and I wanted to talk to him, but I have put it behind me."
Milan are 11 points behind the Bianconeri in the Scudetto race this season in third, having surged up the table since mid-December.