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Ligue 1: Lucas Moura, Marco Verratti Set To Leave Paris Saint-Germain

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Marco Verratti (L) and Lucas Moura of PSG talk on the bench during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Stade Rennais FC at Parc des Princes on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Ligue 1: Lucas Moura, Marco Verratti Set To Leave Paris Saint-Germain

A couple of key players have requested to depart Paris Saint-Germain after a number of campaigns with the Parisians. Marco Verratti and Lucas Moura have declared that they want to leave the club for new challenges and bigger opportunities. In the case of Verratti, Barcelona and Juventus have offered some sanctuary of sorts. From the Independent…

L’Equipe reported last week that Verratti was keen to end his five years in the French capital and now the Journal in Italy are saying he has decided on Barcelona. They claim the message he relayed to the PSG board was along the lines of “let me go to Barca, I do not want to go back to Paris”.

The main reason behind his decision is because he sees it as his only opportunity to fulfil a dream of playing with Lionel Messi, and winning trophies alongside the Argentine. The 24-year-old would cost Barcelona around €100m, meaning Barcelona would not only have to sell players to fund the move, but also compromise on their other targets.

Lucas explains that so far, no deal has been left on the table despite being satisfied with his work for the Rouge et Bleu, and that means if there is no deal done, then a move needs to be made on the double.

 

“In every transfer window there is always a lot of speculation,” Lucas said. “Actually, no offers have been made for me yet, nothing concrete. My agent has not told me about anything yet. I have a contract until 2020. If something materializes, we will sit and analyse it. Right now, nothing is happening. Regarding a return to Brazil, I am not thinking about that. I have objectives I want to reach in Europe. Leaving PSG for another European club could be a possibility for me but I am under contract and I have no offers in front of me at this moment. If something arrives, we will see what is best for me and for the club. Right now, though, I am doing well in France.”

 

However, there is talk that these moves could open the door for Kylian Mbappe to be snatched up by PSG, allowing the Parisians a very strong chance to take back the league crown from AS Monaco and resume their unchallenged dominance of French club football.

“When we talk about Mbappe, here in Spain we talk about Real Madrid and Barcelona,” Emery said. “Me, I am in Paris, with PSG. I say, ‘what could be more beautiful than being able to represent a French team.’ If it is true that he is to become an iconic figure, one of those footballing icons of the future, he could be that here. With all due respect for Monaco, he comes from Paris and he has family in Paris. That is just me reflecting on it. Look, if I was training Albacete, I would like for him to join Albacete. If I was coaching in Australia, I would like him in Sydney. We are talking about feelings, passion and desire — then what could be more beautiful than representing his city and being important there?

 

“His parents live near Paris and he took his first steps here. I do not know if he likes Real, Barca, Tottenham or if he prefers Arsenal. Logically, he is happy in Monaco because he is grateful to them. However, if he leaves Monaco, I say ‘what could be best for him, for France and for PSG is that there is a union, a communion, between the player and his city.’ I say it as I feel.”

The acquisition of Kylian Mbappe must take priority now for Paris Saint-Germain, especially with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang no longer a target, due to another classic No. 9 slotted alongside returning striker Edinson Cavani.

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