Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that the club is keen to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti, claiming that the midfielder is interested too. And we know that the player wants to come to Barca.
"If Verratti had a release clause we would be able to go for him".
New Barca boss Ernesto Valverde faces an uphill struggle in leading the club back into major silverware contention following Luis Enrique's departure from the helm-the previous boss only won the Copa del Rey in his final season at the club.
"Verratti is a player we like", Bartomeu told Catalan outlet Sport.
Barcelona have reportedly drawn up two alternative targets if they fail to lure Verratti to the Camp Nou this summer. In this sense, Spanish football is defenceless.
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"Al-Khelaifi has told me the player has a contract until 2021 and he could never sell Marco because he sees him as a champion to build a great PSG team around".
"Verratti is a player that interests us for a transfer, the coaches believe he is good enough to play in the Barca midfield".
"And outsiders can come and play and we can't". We already experienced it with Cesc [Fabregas], when Arsenal didn't want to negotiate with us for a year. "We must accept it".
Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, Donato Di Campli not only echoed Barca's admission that PSG did not want to sell Verratti but went a step further by suggesting the midfielder was "a prisoner" of the French club's Qatari owners. "He is an extraordinary player, I hope he makes the right decision, one which makes him feel better as a footballer". If they don't want to sell then...
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