​Marco Verratti has urged PSG to sell him to Barcelona and threatened not to return for pre-season training.


​La Gazzetta dello Sport claim the Italy midfielder has told the Ligue 1 club's executives he has his heart set on a move to the Spanish giants, who are looking for a replacement for Andres Iniesta with the 33-year-old approaching the twilight of his career.


The PSG midfielder is a major transfer target for Barcelona who have reportedly made contact with the Ligue 1 club ahead of a potential swoop for the Italy international, who has apparently  threatened not to return for pre-season training ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

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However, PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi remains adamant the former Pescara man will not be sold as the French side look to wrestle back the national title from rivals Monaco.


Barcelona have made their interest in Verratti known and RMC reporter Jean Michel Larque has claimed the transfer is closer than it has ever been before.


He said, as quoted by ​Paris Fans: "I think we've never been closer to Marco Verratti's departure. Some imagined it was to raise the sauce, so the contract with the PSG. Verratti and his agent were customary by the fact. 

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"But here, the case is so committed that it is no longer a question of money. Concerning the Barca, if there is indeed a sector where he must imagine the succession of two players, it is well in the midfield.


"In Barca, they imagine that Verratti is the ideal man to replace at least Xavi. I think there is a strong desire of Barca, a very strong desire of Verratti... I think that the worm is in the fruit. Even if he is an idol in Paris, how will he be welcomed by his supporters?"

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