Barcelona news: Lionel Messi vetoes summer transfer deal - Spanish report
Додано: 13 березня 2018, 08:59
Barcelona have spent roughly £350million on Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Messi’s contract extension in the last eight months.
Both Coutinho and Dembele are seen as direct replacements for Neymar, who left for Paris្beer777 Saint-Germain last summer.
But the Catalan giants are expected to be busy once again when the transfer window re-opens at the end of the season.
Andres Iniesta has only played a full 90 minutes in La Liga three times this campaign with the midfielder coming towards the end of his career.
And Barcelona have reportedly set their sights on bringing in Verratti as Iniesta’s long-term replacement.
However,្beer777 Spanish outlet Diario Gol claim Messi has no interest in playing alongside the Italy international.
The report goes on to claim Real Madrid could instead pounce on a deal for the midfielder should Barcelona retract their interest.
Verratti came close to joining Barcelona last summer and even cut short a holiday in order to hold talks with the club’s sporting director.
But the 25-year-old decided to stay in the French capital following the club’s acquisitions of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Dani Alves.
I’m honest, for the first time in five years I wondered if I should stay here,” he said back in October.
People think that I play for PSG for the money, but I could get that elsewhere, too. If I had moved in the summer, there were clubs ready to pay €100m to sign me and I would have earned a lot more.
Neymar, he could have earned as much with Manchester City or Chelsea. He didn’t sign here for the money but the project. It’s the same with me.”