Barca Claim Verratti Wants To Leave PSG
FC Barcelona Claim Marco Verratti Wants To Leave Paris Saint-Germain
Italy international Marco Verratti wants to join FC Barcelona, but Paris Saint-Germain do not want to sell him, according to Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
The midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Camp Nou this season, and many feel he would be the perfect replacement for Andres Iniesta in the years to come.
Barca president Bartomeu has now stated that Verratti is ready to move to La Liga but his French side is not willing to accept any offers for him.
"Clubs want to negotiate. Look at Verratti, for instance, a player we're interested in signing, the coaches believe is good enough to play in Barca's midfield," Bartomeu told Mundo Deportivo.
"We know that the player would love to come to Barca but when you call PSG and you talk with the president (Nasser Al-Khelaifi), he says that he's not for sale and there is no release clause.
"As such, the president can decide if he feels like negotiating with us or not. In this sense, Spanish football is defenceless. Here, there are release clauses and there, there aren't. And outsiders can come and pay and we can't. So, for now, we've not sat down with PSG, despite the player's willingness to come to Barca. We must accept it.
"We had it before with Cesc (Fabregas) when Arsenal did not want to hold talks with us for a year. They told us by letter and we had to accept it.
"If Verratti had a clause, we could go for him. There is no formula. If you don't want to sell something...
"The player has said that he wants to leave but PSG tells him he'll be able to go only when his contract ends."
The 24-year-old made 43 appearances for his Ligue 1 side last season, scoring three goals along the way.
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