However, Verratti remains at PSG

Italian Marco Verratti has agreed to stay at Paris Saint-Germain for the 12th season, reports L’Equipe, despite offers from Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal.

The midfielder was ready to leave for a new chapter in his career in the Saudi Pro League, agreeing personal terms with Al-Hilal.

There was also interest from Al-Ahli, but none of them was willing to meet PSG’s asking price of around 70 million euros.

Verratti only recently signed a new contract with the Ligue 1 giants that will run until June 2026.

It was reported that he was unhappy with the approach taken by new coach Luis Enrique, but this evening L’Equipe revealed that there have been crisis talks and the situation has been defused.

The 30-year-old is therefore delighted to stay for a 12th consecutive season in Paris, having joined from Pescara in 2012.

This could also be good news for Italy coach Roberto Mancini, who could otherwise have seen one of his key midfield players move to the Saudi Pro League.