The playmaker was born on 5 November 1992 in Pescara, and made his footballing debut in his native city. Technically gifted, Verratti made his first team debut with Pescara at the age of 16! During the 2009-10 he emerged as an integral part of the side and Europe's biggest clubs lined up for the signature of the 'new Pirlo', already with 3 U21 caps to his name.

In the 2011-12 campaign, Marco Verratti played 31 Serie B matches in Italy, leading his side to the second division title and earning his first call up to the Italy U21 side. The Pescara No.10 took his U21 bow against... France on 28 February 2012. He was even called up to Prandelli's pre-Euro squad with the Italy senior side.

Following the signatures of Ezequiel Lavezzi and Thiago Silva, Marco Verratti is Paris Saint-Germain's third recruit this summer, signing a five-year contract. At just 19 years of age, the young playmaker is the third Italian in the squad, joining compatriots Salvatore Sirigu and Thiago Motta.

MARCO VERRATTI

Born 5 November 1992 in Pescara, Italy

Midfielder

1.65m / 60kg

Former Clubs: 2008-09: Pescara (7 matches in Serie B), 2009-10: Pescara (8 matches in Serie B, 1 goal), 2010-11:  Pescara (28 matches in Serie B, 1 goal), 2011-12: Pescara (31 matches in Serie B)

Honours: Champion of Italian Serie B in 2012

Italy U21: 3 caps