Members of Barcelona‘s dressing room have urged the club to reignite their interest in Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti, according to Spanish football journalist Gerard Romero.
The Italian was the subject of serious interest from the Catalan giants last year, which forced him to consider his future with PSG following yet another collapse in the Champions League.
Verratti had at the time announced that he would not return to PSG ahead of the 2017/18 season, leading his then agent, Donato di Campli, to claim his client felt like a ‘prisoner’ under the club’s regime.
The statement led to outrage from within the club, forcing Verratti to apologise and a subsequent change in representative as he hired super agent Mino Raiola – a move which led many to believe he was preparing for a big transfer away from France.
Barcelona’s initial approach was ultimately rejected as the 25-year-old was convinced his future remained in Ligue 1 following the Parisians’ impressive summer activity.
However, Romero told RAC1, via AS, that influential players within Barcelona’s dressing room have now asked the club’s hierarchy to try and sign the midfielder this summer.
The Camp Nou dressing room have been impressed by his impeccable and superior ball control in the middle of the park and have put their faith in the 25-year-old to add another touch of class to their midfield ranks following the departure of Andres Iniesta.
Romero, however, claims that the club itself are of the belief that there is little hope of striking a deal for Verratti with the French outfit this summer following last years theatrics.
The 25-year-old featured 38 times for PSG last season, scoring just two goals and setting up seven more.