The start of a new financial year at Barcelona means the club will ramp up their interest in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti.
The Blaugrana have been monitoring the player’s situation for a number of weeks in the lead up to the official opening of the summer transfer window, and the club are now ready to commence negotiations with their French counterparts.
The Catalans know that Verratti is one of the game’s finest midfielders and will likely cost a lot of money to prise away from PSG.
Barcelona view the Italy international playmaker as a potential marquee signing, successor to ageing club captain Andres Iniesta and the answer to short term problems in midfield – where last summer’s signing Andre Gomes has struggled to stamp is mark.
However, Mundo Deportivo report, via Goal, that Barca do not intend to exceed the €80m mark in their pursuit of the 24-year-old, meaning negotiations with PSG might become protracted, as the French giants aim to get the best price for one of their key assets.
Verratti, however, recently turned down fresh terms at the Parc des Princes, which will have provided the 2015 Champions League winners with some encouragement.
There have also been rumblings that the player could go on strike in order to force through the move, which would certainly complicate matters for PSG.