Barcelona target Marco Verratti is set to deal the Catalan giants a huge blow after reports emerged that he will pen a new deal with Paris Saint-Germain.
The news comes swiftly on the back of Verratti announcing that super agent Mino Raiola will become his new representative after he ended his association with former agent Donato Di Campli.
Taking to his official Instagram account, Verratti expressed his thanks for the work Di Campli had carried out during his playing career, as well as confirming that Raiola would be the new face of all of his business ranging from contract discussions to potential transfers and beyond.
The statement read: "I announce that with immediate effect the only person legitimized to represent my sporting interests is Mr. Milo Raiola. I thank Avv Di Campli for the excellent work I have done so far, renewing my deep and unchanged esteem."
Meanwhile, Barcelona's protracted pursuit of the Italy international appears all to be but over after claims from French media suggested that a new contract was in the offing for Verratti.
It's no surprise to see the 24-year-old be on the cusp of a new lucrative deal - worth around €9m-a-season - not long after Raiola took over as his agent, and reports emanating from Paris have alleged that Verratti will soon commit his future to the Parc de Princes-based club.
Raiola is believed to have been in the USA to negotiate the terms of a new deal for Verratti and, providing the midfielder accepts PSG's offer, will prevent Barcelona from snapping him up for the time being.
Ernesto Valverde's side had been interested in prising Verratti away from France, with the Copa del Rey holders believed to have been weighing up an astronomical £132m offer earlier in the summer.
Those reports have since gone extremely quiet and, whilst Manchester United have also been touted with offering cash for Verratti, interested parties will now have to look for reinforcements.