Verratti tipped to extend Paris stay

Le Championnat

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti looks set to extend his contract at the Parc des Princes by a further year.

The highly-rated Italian international is tipped to remain with the Ligue 1 leaders until 2022 despite being strongly linked with a move to La Liga giants Barcelona over the summer.

Verratti has continued to impress in the French top flight and Europe, having scored twice and made three assists in Ligue 1 and Champions League appearances so far this term.

With new terms set to be agreed before the end of the month, Barcelona will have to look at alternative transfer targets in the January transfer window.