Agent Donato Di Campli, who earlier represented PSG midfielder Marco Verratti, has explained how the player’s 2017 move to Barcelona fell through.
“When Barcelona contacted me, I asked Marco how to proceed. He told me to communicate with them. PSG was not behaving well at the time and I asked Marco:
“Are we leaving or staying?” He replied, “OK, let’s try something new,” Di Campli told L’Equipe.
“PSG asked him [to shoot a video of Verratti saying he wanted to stay at the club]. Marco wanted to go to Barcelona and play with Messi and become a champion. It’s not the same as just being a good player.”
“PSG are one of the biggest clubs in the world, but they play in a weak championship. I told Marco that if he wants to become a champion he should move to Barça. I have nothing against PSG, but it’s easier to become a real champion with Bayern, Barca or Real.”
“He was scared when he realized a transfer was impossible. Verratti didn’t want to end up in exile and not play. When he returned to Paris, he was told, “We will sign Neymar and extend your contract, but you need to change agent.”
“He forced me to insist on a transfer, to fight for a move to Barcelona, but he chickened out. I had a Kalashnikov assault rifle and then I was just left with a water pistol.”