Marco Verratti to Barcelona: Ernesto Valverde refuses to sell Andre

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However, if Barca are unable to prise him away from Paris Saint-Germain then another option is Paulinho, according to reports.

Ernesto Valverde says it will be a relief to have the "unique" Lionel Messi on his side, rather than coming up with plans to stop the Barcelona superstar.

Sporting director, Fernandez also confirmed Barca will be pursuing transfers up until the very last minute.

Valverde said: "I am concentrating on working with the players that we have. If an option comes up which we like - the ideal would be a player who can play in all three midfield positions - we will be on top of it, but it's hard with players who have contracts [with other clubs] and who play for good teams". 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.

Barcelona, meanwhile, are enduring a poor transfer window with new manager Ernesto Valverde struggling to lure big-name players to the Nou Camp.

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"They are two players in my time and, of course, I am counting on them", Valverde said.

Gomes was on Manchester United's radar earlier this summer after a disappointing debut season at Barca.

"The club works to have the best team but my idea, above all, is always to work with what I have". But the coach has stated he is interested in securing the 14-year old, but not willing to let his players go.

The last season was quite a disappointing one for Barcelona as they missed out to arch rivals Real Madrid for the La Liga title and to add to their woes the los Blancos went all the way to clinch the UEFA Champions League.