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2. Marco Verratti

Marco Verratti is another player who has interested Chelsea in the past and someone Antonio Conte has worked with before and admires. Despite Paris Saint-Germain’s shaky start to the season under new manager Unai Emery, the Italy international has hardly put a foot wrong.

Having made 13 Ligue 1 appearances for the French heavyweights, Verratti has scored twice and has created 15 chances. His 88.5% pass-completion rate is better than Chelsea midfielders Nemanja Matic (88.2%) and Cesc Fabregas (84.8%). He also has an 88% success rate in the take-ons he has attempted while he has also shown his defensive capabilities, winning 57% of his duels, all of which are again, better than Matic and Fabregas.

Playing as a deep-lying playmaker, Verratti pretty much controls the game for PSG with his exemplary passing, excellent touch and sublime vision. The way he constructs an attack from the deep and the ease with which he plays has drawn comparisons to the great Andrea Pirlo.

A recent disagreement with Emery after being substituted on the hour mark against Marseille caused a stir around his future in the French capital. And if Chelsea were to somehow swoop in and prize away Verratti from the Les Parisiens, they will have one of the most promising midfielders in the game among their ranks.

Written by Raghavendra Goudar

Mechanical Engineer, avid reader and a football fanatic.

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