Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti is desperate to join Barcelona in the summer, but his current employers have made it clear that they have no intention to sell.
“Verratti is absolutely not for sale and will not be moving from Paris,” said PSG President Nasser Al Khelaifi back in February.
While PSG’s stance is reported to remain the same heading into the summer, the player’s agent has gone public with the situation.
“I manage the career of a champion and champions must win titles,” said Donato di Campli, one of Verratti’s representatives.
Paris Saint-Germain lost their grasp on the Ligue 1 title this season, finishing 2nd to Monaco, while their UEFA Champions League run ended at the hands of a historic comeback from Verratti’s preferred destination next season, Barcelona.
“We will see if Marco leaves this summer. It is very complicated but we have already expressed our intentions to PSG.”
Should Paris Saint-Germain stubbornly refuse to allow the Italian to leave, then there is nothing Barcelona can do to prise the talented 24-year-old away from Paris.
However, this also means that the player himself would have to engage his exit from Paris Saint-Germain, which could result in a drawn-out transfer saga that continues well into the summer.
For a club with a spending reputation such as PSG, at least since their purchase by Oryx Qatar Sports Investment in 2011, the transfer of Marco Verratti from Pescara in 2012 was a shrewd piece of business.
Paris purchased the then-Serie B player for €12 million and could make a huge profit if they were to sell Verratti, as he is valued at approximately €100 million.