Marco Verratti Refuses To Rule Out Move From PSG
Back in the summer there was a theory that Barcelona's move for Marco Verratti was the catalyst for PSG deciding they would try and sign Neymar. Once again though the Italian has hinted at a future move by refusing to rule it out.
It seems ridiculous to think that PSG would be so snide that the idea that Barcelona were trying to sign one of their star players would lead the French side to drop everything just to exact revenge and activate Neymar's release clause but they have previous.
In the summer of 2013 Barca wanted Thiago Silva and there were suggestions that the Spanish side would activate the Brazilian's release clause, leading to the Parisian's president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi to claim, "If Barça tries to lift Thiago Silva's clause, I will raise that of Messi."
And the whole thing works out again last summer with the timeline of transfer rumours saying that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was PSG's number one target before Verratti became Barca's number one and soon after Neymar's £198 million move happened.
So would Barca really risk making another move for the Italian? Well he was asked about a possible future move after the game against Real Madrid and he refused to rule it out, telling Premium Sports:
"Barcelona? I don't know, I am happy here in Paris. I believe in this project and I hope to stay here long. Maybe PSG will sell me but let's see."
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A lot has changed since the La Liga leaders tried to sign the Italian. Of course PSG added Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to create one of Europe's most terrifying front lines but the Catalan giants have also added to their side.
Paulinho and Philippe Coutinho have been bought for around the price that they sold Neymar for and it doesn't really look like there would be room for Verratti now, but never rule it out.
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Right now of course the 25 year-old midfielder best be concentrating on getting his side into the next round of the Champions League.
Fellow midfielder Adrien Rabiot gave PSG the lead against Real Madrid on Wednesday night but they ended up losing 3-1 and they'll need a big turnaround to keep their dreams of winning the competition alive.
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