How Barcelona could line up with Verratti

All change at Barcelona. Ernesto Valverde has arrived as coach to replace Luis Enrique after the Asturian stepped down at the end of the 2016-17 season and now attentions at Camp Nou turn to summer signings.

V erratti wants 'top club' in Spain or Italy

Long-time target Marco Verratti is the priority for the Catalan club in the transfer window and the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder finally looks ready to swap the Parc des Princes for a move to one of Europe's elite clubs.

So where would he fit in at Barcelona? The obvious answer to that question is in the position previously occupied by Xavi. The former Spain midfielder left Barca in 2015 and has not really been replaced. And he himself has even said that Verratti is the player best suited to his former role.

In that system, Verratti would start on the right of a three-man midfield (instead of Ivan Rakitic), with Sergio Busquets deeper in the middle and Andres Iniesta on the left, those three behind Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Barcelona Verratti line-up graphic