Rakitic, Gomes in Valverde's Plans at Barcelona

Pauline Gross
July 17, 2017

Barcelona are desperate to land Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti, but the Italy global is likely to command a world-record fee.

Valverde said in a press conference that the club is working on improving the squad, but he is not thinking about getting any new players as he is focusing on those he already has in the team.

Yes, the former Tottenham midfielder who is now playing in China at Guangzhou Evergrande is being linked with a move to the Camp Nou. I've not marked any dates [for signings to be in place]. "The more good players we have, the more chances we'll have to achieve it". "I am really happy with them and the idea of getting to know them better".

"It's hard because we have an awesome team".

"I came here to play with Marco Verratti, that's the message I want him to get".

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

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"There's a lot of time ahead of us [in the window], so there is no need to rush", he said when asked about the Verratti situation.

"A player who can play in all three positions would be incredible, because playing in that position means you're always fighting for game time so the more positions you can play in, the more opportunities you'll have".

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde says Andre Gomes will remain at the club beyond this summer.

Meanwhile, he also denied the claim in Diario Sport on Monday that Neymar is "uncomfortable" at the club and is keen to move somewhere else where he can become the star player.

The midfielder has been a big hit at White Hart Lane since arriving from MK Dons two years ago and is now billed as one of England's best players.

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