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One of Europe’s best midfielders is going ON STRIKE until he’s allowed to sign for Barcelona

Marco Verratti desperately wants to join the Catalan giants but current club PSG are reluctant to sell

When PSG met Barcelona in the Champions League earlier this year there was a brief moment of calm among the madness.

Marco Verratti was on the receiving end of a late tackle in the first leg and required some medical attention on the pitch.

As the players paused to catch their breath, Blaise Matuidi pointed to his prone midfield partner and said to Andres Iniesta ‘that is your successor,’ to which the Barcelona legend simply replied, ‘yes.’

Big boots to fill… not literally tough, Iniesta has tiny feet

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Big boots to fill… not literally tough, Iniesta has tiny feet

Now Verratti is so keen to take up his position as direct heir to Iniesta’s throne that he is prepared to go on strike to force through a transfer to Barcelona.

Marca claim the Italian international is determined to leave PSG this summer and is said to have already agreed personal terms with the La Liga giants.

The Spanish paper is describing Verratti’s position as ‘light’ rebellion as he prepares to return to work from his summer holidays.

The midfielder is set for showdown talks with the Ligue 1 side’s chiefs after his summer break in the hope PSG allow him to move.

We imagine his ‘strike’ will look very similar to this…

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We imagine his ‘strike’ will look very similar to this…

PSG start pre-season training this week and the midfielder, who signed a new five-year deal last summer, has decided he will not train with the squad and will work alone to make the point he wants out.

Barcelona are said to be ready to approach PSG imminently about a deal for Verratti, with president Josep Maria Bartomeu leading the talks.

New Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has identified Verratti as his main target as he looks to add more energy and dynamism in midfield next term.

Valverde has also enquired about Manchester United man Ander Herrera, but the former Athletic Bilbao man is happy at Old Trafford and not for sale.

After five years in Paris, Verratti wants a new challenge, but PSG chiefs are adamant the 24-year-old is not for sale.

The stalemate will have to be resolved in the next couple of weeks or one of Europe’s most talented midfielders may stutter at a crucial moment in his development.

Come forth, Iniesta junior.

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