Arsenal & Man United transfer target face fresh Barcelona competition for midfield superstar

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Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti is one of the most sought-after players in world football, and according to reports in Spain, Barcelona are the latest to covet the Italian starlet.

Arsenal and Manchester United were both linked to the deep-lying playmaker during the summer, while Real Madrid also considered the player as a long-term successor to 30-year-old Luka Modric.

Further interest came from German giants Bayern Munich, with Pep Guardiola perhaps seeing Verratti as a less injury-prone version of Thiago Alcantara.

However, Mundo Deportivo [via Le 10 Sport] have reported that Barcelona are the latest team to express an interest in the talented midfielder, with Luis Enrique perhaps seeing the Italy international as an ideal player to continue the club’s traditions of quick technical attacking football.

However, it appears unlikely that PSG would be willing to cash in on the 23-year-old midfielder, who is already one of the side’s key men and looks likely to be the side’s cornerstone for many years to come.

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Perhaps the only instance in which Paris would willingly offload Verratti is if they could guarantee signing Paul Pogba of Juventus as a replacement.

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