Marco Veratti, his agent Donato Di Campli and Barcelona have come to understand that conducting business transactions with billionaires take great patience and lots of courage.
Judging by history, a deal between PSG and Barca is most unlikely to happen.
Image: Marco Verratti
Barca FC President Josep Bartomeu said they’re willing to pay up Verratti’s buy-out clause, and the Italian player has made it clear that he wants new challenges, but PSG owners aren’t ready to consider Barca’s tempting offer.
In his statement on the deadlock, Donato Di Campli said: “…Marco Verratti is a prisoner of the Emir.
“[PSG president Nasser] Al-Khelaifi has told me that if he sells [Verratti] then they would never forgive him in Doha.”
While the French Ligue one side claims they’re building a young team which will revolve around the 24-year-old, Barca says he’d play an important role ahead of Ernesto Valverde’s first season in charge of La Blaugranas.
Unfortunately the warring clubs have no exciting history to fall back on, and this makes negotiations mostly impossible.
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“If Verratti had a release clause we would be able to go for him,” Barca president said in a statement after revealing their interest. “But right now, up until the deadline, I don’t know if we’ll be able to sit down and negotiate with them.”
Verratti is reportedly worth €100 million.
A source close to the player said “Barcelona are wasting time and energy on Verratti,” adding that just like the Spanish side’s previous efforts to buy Thiago Silva and Marquinhos failed, Verratti’s case will have the same ending.
Failing to get the Italian player’s signatures would be a big disappointment for Barca, which expects to resolve a lot of issues in their midfield.
For his great passing ability, vision, and control, Verratti has been compared to compatriot Andrea Pirlo.
The former Pescara player arrived PSG in July, 2012 and has been part of their consecutive Ligue 1 victories (2012-2016). He got his international debut in 2012, and was part of Italy’s 2014 World Cup campaign.
“We’ve gone through some tough times over the last few days,” Verratti told PSG’s website on Friday, having been mute over the transfer rumors.
“I saw what my agent said and I just wanted to say that they are not my words at all. And I want to apologize to everyone at the club, the president, the fans and the players.
“I am very happy here, we got back to training today. I am thrilled to be back here and working again. I know the club trusts me and I really want to apologize once again. I don’t talk much as I have a lot of respect for Paris Saint-Germain.
“I have become the player I am today thanks to the club and that’s why I am deeply sorry.
“They were not my words and he made a big mistake. I hope that this will not happen again.
“Everyone wants to focus on working and I too want to do my best, as I always do for the club.”
Earlier on Friday, PSG reported on its website that Verratti had resumed training with other members of the team as they prepare for their first match of the season in the Champions’ Trophy against Monaco scheduled on July 29.
The club’s first Ligue 1 match after the derby with Monaco will be on August 5.
“The number 6 of the capital club completed a training session alongside the other members of the group before carrying out a specific training,” the statement said.