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Chelsea to lose out in the race for Verratti signing

PSG midfielder Marco Verratti will not be joining either Juventus or Milan, according to the player's agent.

Chelsea look likely to lose out in the race to sign Marco Verratti from PSG.

The Blues head coach Antonio Conte has the Italian midfielder high on his summer wish-list. However, Barcelona look set to trump the Blues.

Goal is of the belief that the La Liga side are determined to lure the 24-year-old from the French capital to Catalonia as they see him as the perfect replacement for Xavi, who left the Nou Camp two years ago.

The London club manager is keen to play Verratti alongside N’Golo Kante in central midfield at Stamford Bridge. Nevertheless, Barcelona feel they will beat off any competition, even though PSG say they have no intention of selling.

Barcelona believe they will have to pay around around £70million (€80m) to land Verratti this summer.