Barcelona Legend Xavi Hernandez believes that his former club should try and sign Paris Saint-Germain starlet Marco Verratti.
Xavi, who now plays for Qatari side Al-Sadd, spent 17 years at the Camp Nou winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions League titles, and clearly still has close ties with his former club.
The Spaniard has now urged his former club to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti. The Italian’s technical ability and calmness on the ball reminds Xavi of himself during the peak of his playing career.
Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain did negotiate in 2017 over the world record transfer of Neymar to the Paris based club. French Giants met the Brazilian’s £198 Million release clause and created history.
This is also not the first time when talks of Marco Verratti has excited Barcelona fans. The Catalans have been a long time admirer of the Italian and had also negotiated with his club over the transfer.
Verratti, 25, was thought to be one of Barca’s top transfer targets last summer as they looked for a long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta in midfield. It was also rumoured that Paris Saint-Germain would send Verratti to Barcelona as part of a trade-plus-cash deal for Neymar. But this deal failed to materialize and only one player departed for another club rather than two.
After the deal failed to materialize, Verratti’s former agent Donato Di Campli lashed out at Ligue 1 outfit’s chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi after claiming his client was a “prisoner of the Emir of Qatar” at Paris Saint-Germain.
Soon after this controversial statement, Verratti parted ways with Di Campli in order to team up with super agent Mino Raiola. PSG was successful in retaining the star midfielder, while they also signed Neymar from Barcelona last summer.
Despite Paris Saint-Germain renewing with their star midfielder, there is a possibility that Barcelona’s interest in the player could reignite following Xavi’s comment.
"I’m not worth €100m. We're just playing football. These amounts of money make me laugh. No one is worth that."
– Marco Verratti. pic.twitter.com/mNTXtkbhqv
— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) February 3, 2018
When quizzed about Verratti, Xavi said: “Verratti? I would have liked to see him at Barça. They tried to sign him last summer, but PSG did well to keep him. He is a player that I love, technically he has everything. He is technically excellent and makes the right decisions under pressure. He is very important for his club but it is true that one day I would love to see him play for Barcelona.”
However, now it won’t come as a surprise to anyone if he joins Barcelona, especially after Xavi’s insistence. He’s surely a world-class talent that would improve any squad in the game.
What a signing he could be. The Italian is full of confidence and possession. His excellent vision and range of passing enable him to create chances for teammates with accurate long passes, or control the tempo of his team’s play in midfield through precise and short exchanges.
Verratti would be another major statement signing for the club as they look to continue their dominance in La Liga.
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