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Both Valverde and Barcelona's technical secretary Robert Fernandez spoke on Monday and were coy when quizzed about the club's pursuit of Paris Saint Germain midfielder Marco Veratti.

Verratti has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona since the transfer window opened last month, and it is understood that the Spanish outfit are confident of sealing a deal for the 24-year-old.

Barcelona, meanwhile, are enduring a poor transfer window with new manager Ernesto Valverde struggling to lure big-name players to the Nou Camp.

Valverde said in a press conference that the club is working on improving the squad, but he is not thinking about getting any new players as he is focusing on those he already has in the team.

"We've not had any offers for any players in our squad".

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"Of course Messi is a unique player and he will have a role whereby he can play in any position and play well", Valverde told reporters on Monday. That's how I work, with the players I have here.

"I have nearly the best squad possible anyway. We know the club we are in and that a lot of players want to come here, we want to have the best players in the world and actually we have them", he said. It's very hard to make it better, because of the high standard of players that we have. "The important thing is that Iniesta is happy in the team, then we'll see what the season brings".

PSG coach Unai Emery is understood to have asked for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic to be made part of the deal if the French club sell Veratti to Barça.

"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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