Marco Verratti to Barcelona: Ernesto Valverde refuses to sell Andre

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 17, 2017

"We're following our objectives with great care", he said.

Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez plays down suggestions that Neymar could engineer a move away from Camp Nou. "The more good players we have, the more chances we'll have to achieve it". "For me, the best signings are those who are in my team".

"They are my players and I consider them in my plans", he told a news conference when asked about Rakitic and Gomes.

"I have nearly the best squad possible anyway. But my idea is always to work with the players in my squad".

The midfielder has been a big hit at White Hart Lane since arriving from MK Dons two years ago and is now billed as one of England's best players. It's very hard to make it better, because of the high standard of players that we have.

The club has been heavily linked with a move for Marco Verratti, but now it is looking very unlikely that they will get the signature of the Italian star, as the club owner of PSG has blatantly refused to let him go.

Questioned on Barca's interest in Brazilian midfielder Paulinho, Valverde stuck to the same line, saying: "It's hard to improve what we have in the team".

"Coaches always want to close the squad as soon as possible but times have changed since I was a player". The transfer periods seem to drag on a lot longer.

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