£88m Chelsea target intervenes directly to force transfer move out of France

Marco Verratti has told Paris Saint-Germain that he has no intention of returning to France, according to reports.

The midfielder is coveted by a host of top clubs including Spanish giants Barcelona and Premier League champions Chelsea.

And Verratti is believed to have already met with Barcelona officials while Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is still hopeful he can convince his fellow Italian to join him at Stamford Bridge.

PSG are reluctant to sanction a transfer, but Verratti has made his feelings clear to the French club.

Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport claim Verratti has informed PSG of his decision and has ordered them to begin orchestrating his exit.

Barcelona are keen to make Verratti the new driving force of their midfield and the 24-year-old believes he is ready to step up to the highest level after five years in Paris.

Verratti told the PSG executive directly that he wants to leave this summer after his team initially informed them their player wanted a summer exit.

The Italy international played under Conte for his country at Euro 2016, but Verratti dreams of playing alongside Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi.

Verratti has long been linked with a switch elsewhere, but has always insisted he will honour his current deal with PSG.

But, the combative midfielder now seems to have changed his mind on remaining committed to PSG.

Verratti is expected to fetch up to £88 million with Barcelona targeting a major summer overhaul of their squad after a disappointing season.

Real Madrid beat their bitter rivals to the Champions League trophy and the La Liga title.

Conte is also set for a big summer of spending with the Italian eager to add depth to his title-winning squad.

Chelsea return to the Champions League next season and have seen a bid rejected for Juventus left-back, Alex Sandro, in recent days.

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