Barcelona are keen to take a closer look at Paris Saint Germain youngster Marco Verratti, [football] direct news understands. Verratti joined French side PSG in 2012 from Pescara and has become one of European football’s most consistent midfielders.googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(“div-gpt-ad-1389116196215-0”); });However the Italian youngster has slightly dropped down the pecking order since French midfielder Yohan Cabaye joined in January from Newcastle United. That has led clubs such as Manchester United and Juventus to show interest but La Liga side Barcelona have now joined the race.[FDN] believe Barca see Verratti as ‘fresh’ legs as they plan to build for the future. The Catalan club have recently agreed terms with young Croatian playmaker Alen Halilovic as they seek to add long term replacements for the likes of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta. Verratti’s availability is unknown but it is possible PSG would allow him to leave given the options they have in midfield.