Verratti: I'm open to Premier League move but Barcelona's interest is flattering

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder stresses that he is happy at Parc des Princes but would consider a new league and is appreciative of the Catalan giants’ admiration

GOAL EXCLUSIVE   By Marco Messina

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti says that the Premier League would be an option for him if he were to leave the French club.

The Italy international is on Barcelona’s wishlist for 2016 after some impressive performances for the Ligue 1 champions and admits that he admires the Catalans’ style of play.

Asked by Goal if England might suit him, Verratti stressed his happiness at Parc des Princes but confirmed his openness to a challenge overseas.

“You never know what the future brings,” he remarked. “I am fine where I am now and I am not thinking about a transfer.

“I will consider my options the day I no longer feel good at PSG or when the club wants to sell me but England, Spain and Italy are all options. What matters most is the project.”

Verratti’s agent has previously indicated that the midfielder would relish the chance to play for Barca and the 22-year-old confessed his admiration for the Spanish champions.

“Barcelona are one of the strongest clubs in the world and have been so for a long time,” he enthused. “They are a great team but I am happy at PSG at the moment. But it is always flattering for a player when such a big club is interested in you.

“It is up to the people at Barcelona to decide [if I would fit in] but it is true that I like their style.”

Another player who has interested Barca this summer, along with many other elite teams, is Juventus star Paul Pogba and Verratti cited the Frenchman as his ideal transfer target for PSG.

The Italian explained: “Right now, I really like Pogba. I know that some of the biggest clubs are keeping tabs on him. He is an excellent midfielder, one of the best around in the game.”