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Arsenal have been linked again with a move for Marco Verratti after reports broke he rejected a £200k-a-week deal from Paris Saint-Germain according to reports in Italy.
Arsene Wenger is believed to be a long-term target of Verratti and have previously been linked with the Italian attacker in previous transfer window.
Verratti has denied giving an interview in which he was quoted as saying his future at Paris Saint-Germain depends on the club bringing in players in the transfer market this summer.
The 24-year-old Italian has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal Barcelona, Man United and Juventus and his agent Donato Di Campli recently revealed that the midfielder’s future was unclear.
Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport published a report on Saturday with quotes from Verratti that said: “I want to see if they really do build a great squad this time. In that case, I would be happy to stay” and that “nobody is forcing me to leave.”
However, the Italian initially posted a photo of the article on his official Instagram handle which prompted journalist Alessandro Grandesso to write a tweet standing by his report.
“17 years of professionalism. I confirm everything,” Grandesso wrote.
Verratti later posted a formal object on Instagram to clarify his earlier post with a caption: “I did not give an interview with anyone and I have never discussed with PSG the situation presented in the article this morning.
“I hope you all stop talking without knowing anything. There is a limit to everything.”