Verratti: Barcelona target "a prisoner of the emir" says agent

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The club's president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, revealed to Diario Sport, that the Italy midfielder is also keen on the move.

Ex-Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu believes that Marco Verratti could be considered similar to a prisoner at the French club.

Paulinho, Ander Herrera, Jean Michael Seri and Oriol Romeu are all explicitly mentioned in the report, but all come with their own difficulties as none of the clubs in question will want to sell.

Barca had been pursuing the Italy worldwide as a potential marquee acquisition this summer, even placing a valuation of €80 million on the 24-year-old.

"Unfair that the Spanish League requires release clauses?" 'Verratti is a player that interests us for a transfer, the coaches believe he is good enough to play in the Barca midfield.

"For now we have not sat down with PSG despite having a player who wishes to come here", said Bartomeu.

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But Bartomeu believes you can not monetise the value that the 30-year-old brings to the club and that the forward is the benchmark for all future Barcelona players.

"As such, the president can decide if he feels like negotiating with us or not".

"But when you call PSG, their president tells us that he is not for sale and there is no release clause". We already experienced it with Cesc [Fabregas], when Arsenal didn't want to negotiate with us for a year.

"For now, we must accept this".

"I know the president very well and I also know that Verratti wants to go to Barcelona, but PSG will not let him leave", he told La Sexta. If you don't want to sell something.

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