Chelsea transfer BLOW! Paris Saint-Germain to offer Blues target Marco Verratti new contract in bid to prevent exit

Paris Saint-Germain are lining up yet another pay rise for Italian star Marco Verratti, who remains on Chelsea’s radar.

The all-action midfielder is a long-term target for the Blues and there have been fresh links given his former national team manager Antonio Conte has taken over at Stamford Bridge.

Verratti missed Euro 2016 after undergoing groin injury but he had become a key member of Conte’s Italy team, as well as one of the leading lights in the star-studded PSG side.

Amid links to Chelsea, the French club handed the 23-year-old fresh terms in February, which extended his contract until 2020.

But now, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, PSG are ready to hand him a lucrative new deal which will keep him at the club until 2021.

That news will come as a blow to Chelsea, and also Juventus, who had considered Verratti as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba, should he leave.

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