Verratti took a huge amount of media flack after PSG's 5-2 aggregate defeat by Real with Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport writing "he is incapable of keeping a cool head", an issue it said would also compromise his global career.
He might have just joined Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record deal last summer but Brazil hotshot Neymar could be leaving the French capital this summer.
"He is a great player".
They say Neymar's old side Barca are the Brazil international's first choice if he leaves PSG this summer.
Brazil's national team are hoping he will be back to full fitness in time to help lead them at the World Cup starting in Russian Federation on June 14.
A serious back injury saw him miss the infamous 7-1 demolition job by Germany in the semi-finals - but he sees World Cup success as his priority for 2018.
Barcelona next play Chelsea in the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie, having drawn 1-1 in the initial game.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane tried to avoid questions about "a player who plays for another club" on Friday, but he did say he believed that such a price would soon be entirely possible. Do YOU really think he could leave the club in the summer? On the 400 million, they paid 220 million and when they bought me they paid 72. "Or even earlier than that", Zidane said. He is also in a race against time to be fit for the World Cup in Russian Federation, which begins on June 14.