Ernesto Valverde relaxed amid Barcelona's Marco Verratti pursuit

Barcelona are yet to agree a deal for Marco Verratti according to Roberto Fernandez

Paris Saint-Germain new boy Dani Alves has urged Marco Verratti to snub FC Barcelona and stay with the French giants.

Reports over the weekend suggested Barca would be willing to include Ivan Rakitic or Andre Gomes as a makeweight in any potential Verratti deal, but the club's sporting director, Robert Fernandez, said the team's "intention is not to lose any players".

It has even been claimed that the Catalans could offer Rakitic plus €65million to persuade PSG to sell Italy star Verratti before the end of the transfer window next month.

Valverde has confirmed that there has been discussions for the Italian global, but the new Barcelona head coach is remaining calm due to the squad of players that he now has available.

"I came here to play with him so, if he leaves, what would I do?", Alves said in a press conference, as quoted by Sports Push. "For me, the best signings are those who are in my team", Valverde told reporters.

He went further..."If it happens, then that would be great".

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"Barca are always monitoring the best players".

Questioned on Barca's interest in Brazilian midfielder, Paulinho, Valverde stuck to the same line, saying: "It's hard to improve what we have in the team".

"Coaches always want to close the squad as soon as possible but times have changed since I was a player".

There is still a long time before the transfer window slams shut and we have to wait and see if Rakitic can survive that long.

"We're not closed to any options until the last day but I think that's the same for any club".

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