Verratti: Barcelona!?

Marco Verratti claims “there was something” with Barcelona but “decided to stay” at Paris Saint-Germain, even before Neymar’s arrival.

Verratti was heavily linked with Barca throughout June, but the Catalans failed to agree a fee with PSG, who later signed Neymar for a world-record, €222m.

“Barcelona? There was something, but that was as far as it went. We didn’t have any other negotiations,” the midfielder told Sky Sport Italia.

“I decided to stay on this path and I’m happy for it. Did Neymar change my mind? I did way before. I never knew that Neymar would come here.”