City linked with Verratti move

Italian starlet attracting interest from several clubs

Marco Verratti: The teenage midfielder has been linked with a number of high-profile clubs

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Pescara claim Premier League champions Manchester City are among the clubs interested in highly-rated teenage sensation Marco Verratti.

The 19-year-old midfielder, who has drawn comparisons with Andrea Pirlo, is currently plying his trade with Serie B champions Pescara, although he is attracting interest from all over Europe.

And Blues boss Roberto Mancini is reported to be keen on bringing the youngster to the Etihad Stadium this summer.

However, Pescara sporting director Daniele Delli Carri is hopeful of keeping Verratti at the Stadio Adriatico next season.

"There was a meeting with Genoa, but there is also interest from Inter Milan and Serie A champions Juventus, but for now there is no agreement with anyone," Delli Carri told Sport Mediaset.

"We are currently evaluating what is the best thing to do because we want the boy to remain with us.

"There are also foreign clubs interested in signing him, namely Manchester City and Paris St Germain who are both keen on investing in young players.

"They could also sign him, but then loan him back to us for one year, which could be an option."

Italian national manager Cesare Prandelli included Verratti in his preliminary 32-man list for Euro 2012, although he failed to make the cut.