Valverde Relieved To Have Messi On His Team

Paris Saint Germain star Verratti is thought to be Barcelona's top transfer target this summer

New Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde laughed off the idea of bringing in new players on Monday saying the best signings were the players already in the dressing room. When you are on the bench as a rival you are thinking about what you have to do to stop the surge that arises and sometimes you lack players to stop him (Messi). "Messi is a unique player and wherever I play him he will flourish".

Barcelona are desperate to land Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti, but the Italy worldwide is likely to command a world-record fee. "The more good players we have, the more chances we'll have to achieve it". He can play in different areas of the pitch and we know he can play deeper and help construct the play but it is in the final third where he really makes the difference for us'. The club is working hard for the squad to have the best players.

PSG coach Unai Emery is understood to have asked for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic to be made part of the deal if the French club sell Veratti to Barça.

"I don't know if this is the previous year for Andres, I can't predict the future, but my intention is to make him feel happy in the team and that he participates and contributes", Valverde said in a news conference, addressing the media for the first time since his appointment on June 1.

Barcelona are likely to demand a fee in the region of £40m for the midfielder, who only signed a new contract with the Catalan club in March and who's deal does not end until 2020. Fernadez replied: "I don't think that is going to happen". Fernandez also said Barcelona had not received any offers for any of their players so far this summer.

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