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PSG reject huge Verratti bid from Napoli

July 25, 2013
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

Paris Saint-Germain have turned down a "monstrous offer" from Napoli for Marco Verratti and are determined to keep the player, according to his agent.

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Verratti only signed for PSG last summer from Pescara, penning a five-year deal at the Parc des Princes and impressing in his first season in France.

And Les Parisiens are now keen to discuss new terms in a bid to ward off potential suitors, with Fiorentina and Real Madrid also reportedly monitoring the Italy international.

Napoli sought to test PSG's resolve on Thursday with a big-money bid for Verratti, but the player’s representative Donato Di Campli says the Ligue 1 outfit want to hold on to their man.

"We’ve received a monstrous offer from [Napoli president Aurelio] De Laurentiis,” Di Campli told Gazzetta dello Sport. “The negotiations need to continue, even if I am neither confident nor optimistic. The fact is Marco has a four-year contract with PSG, even if he is not short of alternatives.

"Marco wants to be recognised as an important player, which he is. What we’ve been told this morning is not satisfactory, so we’re going to have another meeting next week. I’m going to talk with Marco and his family, and then we’ll decide.”

After spending €40 million of a €164.5 million transfer budget on Gonzalo Higuain, the Partenopei appear keen to give PSG back some of the €64.5 million they dished out on Edinson Cavani by bringing the former Pescara midfielder back home.

Napoli’s bid may be more in line with what the 20-year-old expects to earn after his first full season in a top European club having also broken into the senior Italy team since moving to PSG from Pescara.

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