Barcelona Transfer News: Marco Verratti Talks Reportedly Opened, Latest Rumours

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2017

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 26:  Marco Verratti of Paris Saint-Germain runs with the ball during the French Cup Semi-Final match between Paris Saint-Germain and As Monaco at Parc des Princes on April 26, 2017 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images )
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Barcelona have reportedly met with Marco Verratti's camp twice in the past two months to discuss a potential move from Paris Saint-Germain.

According to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Football Italia), Blaugrana executives met with Donato Di Campli, Verratti's agent, when Barca beat PSG 6-1 in the UEFA Champions League in March and again when they hosted Juventus earlier in April.

Verratti was said to be "very excited" about the negotiations.

The Italian has seemingly "grown tired" of PSG's lack of success in Europe's premier competition and believes joining Barca would be a "quantum, important and decisive leap" in his career.

Per Sport Witness, the story made Mundo Deportivo's cover:

Barcelona have yet to adequately replace Xavi Hernandez in midfield, and while he's of a different mould, Andre Gomes has struggled for form this season, calling into question his ability to hold down a long-term place.

Further, Andres Iniesta will be 33 in May, which enhances Barca's need for quality in the centre even more.

AS' Robbie Dunne and beIN Sports' Tancredi Palmeri commented on their struggles during Sunday's Clasico with Real Madrid:

Since Xavi's departure in 2015, the Blaugrana have struggled to exert control over their opponents in the same manner they once did, which has contributed to an overreliance on Lionel Messi and their other forwards.

Control is one such quality Verratti can provide. In a manner somewhat similar to Xavi, Verratti operates as a deep-lying playmaker who can dictate the tempo and flow of a game from the centre of the park.

He also has the technical skills to fit in well at the Camp Nou with his metronomic passing and ability to glide past players with neat footwork.

Barcelona would likely have to pay a premium to sign him from the Ligue 1 giants—even more so because of their status as Champions League rivals, per Mundo Deportivo—but he'd be an outstanding buy.

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Meanwhile, Barcelona are one of four sides linked with AC Milan's Mattia De Sciglio, along with Napoli, Juventus and Liverpool, per Claudio Colla of Transfermarketweb.

BeIN Sports' Matteo Bonetti and Bleacher Report UK's Adam Digby disagree on the Italian full-back:

Barcelona are in need of a new right-back, and the 24-year-old is comfortable there or on the opposite flank, where he has primarily been used this season.

There are likely better options out there for the Catalan giants, but he could be a useful signing if brought in at the right price.