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PSG have only shown an interest in Barcelona target to ‘screw them over’

The Ligue 1 side have toyed with their Spanish counterparts all summer

The feud between Barcelona and PSG is reaching fever pitch.

The relationship between the two clubs has turned distinctly sour this summer, piqued by Neymar’s world record £196m move to the French capital.


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Neymar has sparkled for PSG in his two appearances so far

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Neymar has sparkled for PSG in his two appearances so far

And it appears the Ligue 1 side are now just doing their utmost to get under Barca’s skin.

That’s because PSG have reportedly declared their interest in Nice midfielder and prime Barcelona target Jean Michael Seri – just to get under the skin of the Catalans.

That’s the view of Seri’s agent Franklin Mala, who believes they’ve only joined the party to ‘screw Barca over.’

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Seri had emerged as a prime target for Barca

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Mala spoke to Catalan radio station RAC1 after Barca reportedly pulled out of a deal for his client, saying: “PSG called Nice three days ago to try and screw Barça over.

“No one said anything to me [about pulling out] because they already knew his qualities.”

Seri reportedly emerged as an option for Ernesto Valverde’s side after the club noticed their fanbase kept mentioning his name on social media.

Ernesto Valverde has had a difficult start to his Barca tenure

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Ernesto Valverde has had a difficult start to his Barca tenure

Mala has also revealed Seri has offers from both England and Italy on the table as he looks likely to leave Nice this transfer window.

Barcelona have endured a summer to forget having lost Neymar and failed to replace him with either Philippe Coutinho or Ousmane Dembele.

And, according to reports, the animosity began when PSG became upset about Barca’s continued pursuit of Marco Verratti.

Barcelona have been long-time admirers of Italy's Marco Verratti

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Barcelona have been long-time admirers of Verratti

That prompted the Parisiens to retaliate by triggering Neymar’s mammoth release clause and chaos has ensued ever since.

Handbags at dawn.

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