Verratti: 'I don't have to leave PSG'

Marco Verratti insists he's under no pressure to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer, but has called on the club to bolster the squad with "champions".

As revealed by Goal, Barca are preparing a bid of up to €100 million for the midfielder, who is open to the idea of making the switch to the Camp Nou.

Verratti, 24, has repeatedly been linked with a move to Barcelona during this summer's transfer window.

"I do not have to go at all costs, but I want to see if they really buy champions this time", Verratti said to La Gazzetta dello Sport. "He is a great player and a very important element of this Parisian project so I hope that he stays with us".

"Every year they say they will put together a great team, but then we saw the results".

The Italy global declared his desire to walk away from PSG this summer, frustrated at their lack of progress in the Champions League.

The 23-year-old has been at PSG for four seasons after a move from Roma in 2013, clocking up 155 appearances in all competitions since. The promises are not enough.

If, on the other hand, this time PSG with [sporting director Antero] Henrique stick to what they say, then I will be absolutely happy to stay.

With players surplus to requirements expected to be axed in order to build an even bigger budget, it would come as no surprise if the French giants launched a significant transfer assault this summer.

  • Julie Sanders