Marco Verratti, who is 16-years-old, is widely regarded as one of the brightest young talents in the peninsula. Unlike Federico Macheda and Davide Petrucci, who ditched their youth clubs Lazio and Roma to join Manchester United, the midfielder has rebuffed offers from Premier League clubs and signed a contract with Pescara until 2011 last month.“Several people have approached his family to take him abroad,” Verratti’s agent, Donato Di Campli, explained on GRT.
“Top English sides have come knocking and offered the lad’s parents money to secure his services. I did not report them because these proposals arrived via Italian officials.
“In the end it was him who decided to stay because he is attached to this country, the city and the fans. He did not want to deprive the club of such an important asset. As for me, I did not want to upset the club’s owners and its supporters. However, I can tell you that Roma and Lazio are tracking him.”
The Lupi and the Biancocelesti lost Petrucci and Macheda respectively to Manchester United for a nominal fee, with the latter recently grabbing headlines for his efforts with the Red Devils.
Vince Masiello, Goal.com