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Barca shift focus on Alli after bid for Verratti fails

Christy Curtis | 18 July, 2017, 00:43

Rakitic is contracted to Barcelona for 2020, having signed a new deal on his 29th birthday back in March.

The Italy global even expressed a desire to join the Nou Camp club, only for him to return to Paris Saint-Germain for pre-season training.

Yesterday technical director Robert Fernandez confirmed Barca are still in pursuit.

'I want to have the best squad possible but it's hard to improve because we already have the best players here'.

"If an opportunity arises, we'll try to take it, but it's not easy to buy a player who has a contract with an important club".

Barcelona, meanwhile, are enduring a poor transfer window with new manager Ernesto Valverde struggling to lure big-name players to the Nou Camp. The report claims Rakitic will be sold to the highest bidder to help fund a move for Italy star Verratti, with the fee expected to hit €100million. "Right now, what I'm trying to do is to get used to the way he and the team trains", Valverde said.

"I saw what my agent said and just want to say that they are not my words at all".

"The club works to have the best team but my idea, above all, is always to work with what I have".

Abidal played with Barca for six years between 2007 and 2013.

The former Athletic Bilbao manager suffered at the hands of the Argentine striker but now he has him at his disposal and he also vowed to keep playing him as close to goal as possible despite suggestions he might start moving more into midfield this season.

Verratti has scored six times in 201 appearances for PSG following a move from Pescara in the summer of 2012, and the midfielder has won 15 domestic trophies during his time in Paris.

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