The PSG boss believes the Italy ace is “in the crosshairs” of officials, while he also played down talk of a double swoop for Lyon duo Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc says that Marco Verratti is being unfairly targeted by referees, claiming that the midfielder is booked even when “he does not touch the player”.

Verratti has picked up a remarkable 12 yellow cards in just 30 Ligue 1 outings so far this season and while his boss feels that the Italy international needs to work on his discipline, he feels that the 22-year-old is a victim of his own reputation as a poor tackler.

“Verratti makes many mistakes but he also collects too many yellows,” Blanc told reporters on Thursday.

“The kid is being penalised for this and is already taking quite a beating.

“If he continues to pick up so many yellows, it’s going to be problematic for him.

“But you can see that he is shown a yellow even when he does not touch the player!

“He’s is in the crosshairs of the referees, it must be said.”

Meanwhile, PSG are being strongly linked with a double summer swoop for Lyon duo Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir.

However, while Blanc says that the French champions are already lining up players for next season, he refused to confirm if they have set their sights on their title rivals’ star men.

“I have not spoken about either Fekir or Lacazette,” he stated on the eve of Friday’s Ligue 1 meeting with Guingamp. “Do Lyon have good players? Yes, I really think that. 

“I like the style of play of some of their guys but the admiration stops there.

“There are many good young players in the French league, in Lyon, but also in Guingamp, but I do not want to destabilise anyone.”

PSG go into Friday’s game at the Parc des Princes three points clear of Lyon at the top of the table with three rounds of the season remaining.

Victory would thus represent another significant step towards a third successive title and the hosts’ cause has been boosted by positive news on the injury front.

“We should recover some players against Guingamp, though there has been some uncertainty,” Blanc added.

“If Serge Aurier shows the same signs he displayed in training this week, he will be fit to play.

“David Luiz has a problem with his heel and Thiago Silva too, but we’ll see in training if they are available.”