NEWS
Monday July 17 2017
‘Barca still interested in Verratti’

Barcelona confirm they are still interested in signing Marco Verratti, but Andre Gomes and Ivan Rakitic will stay put.

Barca’s pursuit of Verratti has become protracted due to Paris Saint-Germain’s reluctance to sell the midfielder, but technical secretary Robert Fernandez is happy to remain patient.

“We still have time. We’re following our objectives with great care,” he said at a Press conference.

“If an opportunity arises, we’ll try to take it, but it’s not easy to buy a player who has a contract with an important club.”

Reports had also suggested Barca were preparing to include Gomes or Rakitic in any deal.

However, Coach Ernesto Valverde insisted: “I’m counting on both players next season.

“For me, they’re not for sale. I’ll work with both Gomes and Rakitic.”