Paris Saint-Germain Midfielder Marco Verratti Set to Transfer to Al Arabi from Qatar
By Park Jae-ho | September 1, 2023 | 16:07
After being a vital part of Paris Saint-Germain’s midfield for many years, Marco Verratti (30) is on the verge of making a move to Al Arabi in Qatar. The transfer has sparked speculation about the potential role of Lee Kang-in (22) in the team.
French publication ‘L’Equipe’ reported on September 1st that Verratti’s transfer to Qatar’s prestigious Al Arabi is imminent. PSG and Al Arabi have already reached an agreement on the terms of the transfer and are currently finalizing the details. This transfer marks the end of Verratti’s illustrious 11-year career in Paris.
The media also revealed that Julian Draxler, PSG’s attacking midfielder who was loaned out to Benfica last season, is expected to follow Verratti to Al Arabi.
According to France’s ‘RMC Sports’, Verratti’s transfer fee is set at 45 million euros (approximately 65.7 billion won). PSG initially aimed for a fee of up to 60 million euros (about 87.6 billion won), but both clubs have reached a satisfactory agreement.
Although Verratti had received interest from Al-Hilal and Al-Ahli during the summer transfer window, he ultimately made the decision to move to Qatar instead of Saudi Arabia. Al-Ahli had previously offered 30 million euros (approximately 43.8 billion won) for the midfielder, but the bid was rejected by PSG. Al-Hilal, who recently signed Neymar, also made a bid of 45 million euros (about 65.7 billion won), but the transfer did not materialize.
Verratti, who has played 10 seasons at PSG since 2012, is a seasoned veteran in midfield. Known for his exceptional passing, defensive skills, and technique, he has been referred to as PSG’s “football guru”. However, under coach Luis Enrique’s vision of rejuvenating the team with young talents, Verratti has gradually lost his place in the starting lineup.
Lee Kang-in’s Potential Role in Replace of Verratti Garners Interest
Domestic fans are also eagerly following Verratti’s transfer as it could mean a significant change in Lee Kang-in’s position on the field. With the possibility of playing in the attacking midfielder role that Verratti previously occupied, Lee Kang-in’s transition has become a topic of discussion.
In the opening and second rounds of League 1 before his injury, Lee Kang-in played as a right-sided striker and left-sided striker respectively. Some experts speculate that based on his previous experience as a midfielder in Mallorca and his similar creative abilities to Verratti, such as precise passing, pressing, and wide vision, Lee Kang-in might switch to a midfield role.
Last month, France’s ‘Onje Mondial’ reported that PSG has identified Lee Kang-in as the creative midfielder to replace Verratti. The report explained that if Kylian Mbappe and Usman Dembele play on the wings, there might be instances where Lee Kang-in does not feature in the lineup. Given his creativity and the ability to fill Verratti’s shoes, Lee Kang-in’s versatility is highly valued.
With Bernardo Silva recently signing a new contract with Manchester City, the likelihood of Lee Kang-in playing in midfield has increased. Currently recovering from a left quadriceps (thigh) injury sustained after the second round of League 1 against Toulouse on the 20th, Lee Kang-in is focusing on treatment and rehabilitation. It remains to be seen whether Lee Kang-in will transform into the central midfielder after the break and form a formidable partnership with Mbappe and Dembele up front.
Reporter Park Jae-ho | 2023.09.01 16:07
Marco Verratti. /AFPBBNews=News1 Marco Verratti. /AFPBBNews=News 1 Marco Verratti (30), who has been in charge of Paris Saint-Germain’s midfield for a long time, is about to transfer to Al Arabi from Qatar. Attention is focused on whether Lee Kang-in (22) will play for Verati.
France’s ‘L’Equipe’ said on the 1st (Korea time), “Verati’s transfer to Qatar’s prestigious Al Arabi is imminent. ” PSG and Al Arabi have already agreed on the terms of the transfer. We are coordinating the details regarding this. is the end of Verratti’s 11-year career in Paris.”
The media added, “PSG attacking midfielder Julian Draxler, who went on loan to Benfica last season, is expected to move to Al Arabi following Verati as well.”
According to France’s ‘RMC Sports’, Verati’s transfer fee is 45 million euros (about 65.7 billion won). It was reported that PSG wanted up to 60 million euros (about 87.6 billion won), but the two sides seem to agree amicably.
Verratti received interest from Al-Hilal and Al-Ahli this summer, but ultimately moved to Qatar rather than Saudi Arabia. Earlier, Al-Ahli offered a transfer fee of 30 million euros (he earned about 43.8 billion), but PSG rejected it. It is known that Al-Hilal, who recruited Neymar, offered 45 million euros (about 65.7 billion won), but the transfer was not completed.
Verratti is a veteran who has played 10 seasons at PSG from 2012 to the present day. As an attacking midfielder, he was called PSG’s “football guru” as he constantly played an active role based on quality passing, depression and technique. However, as coach Luis Enrique wanted to rebuild with young players as the axis, Verratti also lost his place.
Lee Kang-in. /AFPBBNews=News1 Domestic fans are also showing great interest in Verati’s transfer. This is because there is a high possibility that Lee Kang-in will change his position and play in the attacking midfielder where Verratti played. Lee Kang-in played as a right-sided striker and a left-sided striker, respectively, in the opening and second rounds of League 1 before he was injured. In the field, some predicted a change in Lee’s position based on the fact that Lee Kang-in played as a midfielder in Mallorca and has Verati-like creativity, such as high-quality passing, off-pressing, and vision wide .
France’s ‘Onje Mondial’ reported last month, “PSG have chosen Lee Kang-in as a creative midfielder to replace Verratti.” Then, “If Kylian Mbappe and Usman Dembele are on the side, there will be a case where Lee Kang-in cannot play on the side. Lee Kang-in has already played in midfield in Mallorca. Lee Kang-in, who rich in creativity, able to play instead of Verati.” explained.
As Bernardo Silva, who was recently strongly linked with PSG, has signed a new contract with Manchester City, the prospect of Lee Kang-in standing in midfield has increased. Lee Kang-in suffered a left quadriceps (thigh) injury after the second round of League 1 against Toulouse on the 20th and is currently recovering. He will reportedly focus on treatment until the A game is over in September. Attention is focused on whether Lee Kang-in will transform into ‘Central LEE’ after the A-match break and collaborate with Mbappe and Dembele up front.
Lee Kang-in. /AFPBBNews=News1
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