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Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal are facing competition from Italian champions Juventus for Paris St. Germain midfielder Marco Verratti. The Old Lady of Turin is in pole position to sign the 20-year old Italian.
Reports in TalkSPORT suggest that manager Carlo Ancelotti is facing criticism for his side's below-par league performances so far this season and could be axed at the end of the season and Verratti, who is considered close to Ancelotti, could follow suit if his manager is sacked.
Verratti joined the French side in the summer of 2012 from Italian club Pescara and has since flourished into one of the brightest young prospects across Europe with some inspiring displays in the French League and Champions League. He has managed 11 appearances so far this season and is often compared to Andrea Pirlo for his playing style.
Arsenal are looking to strengthen their squad and manager Arsene Wenger sees the midfield area as a potential scope for improvement. With Jack Wilshere just returning from injury, and Tomas Rosicky and Abou Diaby both prone to injuries, Wenger would like to add the quality of Verratti to his side if the opportunity comes knocking.
Chelsea too see Verratti as a player for the future and a value addition to the squad. But the 2 Premier League giants are facing intense competition from Italian champions Juventus who are in the driver's seat to bring the young midfielder back to his homeland.
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