Paris Saint-Germain midfielder was close to joining Napoli in the summer of 2012 when he left Pescara.
Having impressed in Serie B, the 20-year-old turned the heads of Europe’s biggest clubs, with both Juventus and Napoli interested in signing him.
Speaking to Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli, the former sporting director of Pescara Daniele Delli Carri revealed details of the proposed deal, and the reason it collapsed.
“It was completed,” he admitted. “but the player did not wish to stay another year on loan with Pescara.”
Instead, Verratti moved to France, where he became a mainstay in the Rouge-et-Bleu’s side as they became champions of Ligue 1.
“The economic strength of Napoli was greater than that of Juventus,” Delli Carri continued. “He would have earned more in the shadow of Vesuvius.”
Having progressed through his home side’s youth system, the Pescara-born midfielder made more than seventy appearances for the Delfini before moving to Paris, for whom he has featured more than fifty times during his spell in the French capital.