The air around the Camp Nou is probably thick with Election fever and presidential candidate, Benedito has promised the signing of Verratti to secure his election.
The 22-year-old midfielder still has a deal that will expire in 2019 with PSG, but Benedito is certain he will get the youngster’s signature.
Even though Barcelona recently signed Arda Turan, it seems Benedito wants to make Barcelona’s midfield formidable.
“For us, Verratti is our number one priority if we win the election,” Benedito told AS.
“He has shown to have the ability to come to Barcelona, but his club do not want to sell. He remains top of our list, though.
“We have not held negotiations with PSG or Verratti because that’s impossible, but we have been in touch and have a good relationship.
“We are confident we can convince PSG and Verratti to agree to a deal.
“I don’t know what Luis Enrique thinks of Verratti, but I think he will be interested in siging him.
“We will see how the election goes and then we can talk with PSG.”
Benedito faces competition from Josep Bartomeu, Joan Laporta, Toni Freixa and Joan Batiste in the race for the Barcelona presidency.