Barcelona have confirmed that they want to sign Marco Verratti, but claims Paris Saint-Germain have refused to even negotiate.
The club’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, revealed to Diario Sport, that the Italy midfielder is also keen on the move.
“Verratti is a player we like,” Bartomeu said.
“[Sporting director] Robert [Fernandez] wants him to come, as do [first-team coach Ernesto] Valverde and [general manager Pep] Segura. And we know that the player wants to come to Barca.
“The problem is that PSG have now told us they do not want to negotiate. The fact there is no release clause is a problem because you cannot go there and sign a player.
“For that reason, if the club do not want to sell, as is the case here, [what can you do]: ‘We do not want to sell, we do not want to sit down with you, we will talk about whatever you want, but not about Verratti.’”
Verratti is expected to report for pre-season training with the rest of his PSG teammates on Friday.