Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho is set for a sensational move back to his former club Liverpool, according to reports.
Brazilian star Coutinho left Anfield for Barcelona in January 2018 for £142 million after a protracted transfer battle. However, his time in the Catalan capital has not been a happy one, with injuries and a loss of form ensuring he hasn’t made the impact that was hoped for.
Now, with Antoine Griezmann joining Barca from Atletico Madrid, Coutinho could be pushed further down the pecking order.
However, former club Liverpool could offer him a way out of his Camp Nou nightmare. Italian news site Calciomercato have reported that the Reds have put together an offer of a two-year loan deal, with an option to buy for £88 million.
Calciomercato also report that Coutinho is keen on this deal. His agent, Kia Joorabchan, has previously hinted that his charge would find it difficult to play for another Premier League club.
This would appear to be a blow to Manchester United, who have also been linked with the player in recent weeks.
Yet Coutinho could get stay at Barcelona. Joorabchan also said that Barca bosses have no intention of selling him and have not spoken to any parties about this.
Make of that what you will. Coutinho might be on his way out of Barcelona. Or not. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are set for a battle to sign Paris St-Germain’s Brazilian striker Neymar this summer.
It is looking increasingly likely that Neymar will depart the Parc des Princes this summer having failed to show up for training on Monday. Boss Leonardo has admitted that Neymar can go – for the right price.
It is thought that Neymar wants to return to Barcelona – the club he left two summers ago to join PSG in a world record £198 million deal.
Barca are thought to have been working behind the scenes on a deal to bring the 27-year-old back.
However, they may face competition from old rivals Real Madrid. They have long been linked with Neymar and it was thought likely at one point he would join them. Real president Florentino Perez has talked of his admiration for him – and regret at not signing him from Santos – in the past.
But Zinedine Zidane has already spent more than £300 million on new players this summer, so if they were to be able to afford Neymar they would have to sell some of their stars to ensure they don’t fall foul of Financial Fair Play rules.
PSG would likely want at least what they paid for the player and, given the length on his contract and age, probably more. Only Barca and Real could realistically afford it – Manchester City tend not to go for mega-signings such as this.
Manchester City face a battle to sign Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo with Barcelona ready to enter the race.
City have been looking to strengthen their options at right-back – despite having Kyle Walker and Danilo in the squad – and have earmarked Cancelo as their top target. Should Cancelo sign, then it is expected that Danilo would be sold.
The Portuguese international, 25, would cost about £60 million. He has been impressive in his two seasons in Turin, helping Juve to successive Scudettos and also was a part of the Portugal squad that won the Nations League recently.
However, while a deal is thought to be close, City could yet face competition for his signature, with Spanish champions Barcelona reportedly set to join the race for him. Barca are looking for upgrades to their squad as they seek to retain their La Liga title and make another assault on the Champions League trophy.
Juventus appear prepared to sell, and make a profit on the £35 million they paid for him.
Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are both trying to sign Paris St-Germain forward Neymar this summer and could offer player-plus-cash deals.
Neymar has long been reported to be unhappy with life at PSG. On the pitch he has had success, winning successive Ligue Un titles, but his time there has been plagued with injury. They have also not won the Champions League – or even come close.
Now, it has been reported by Sport in Spain that Neymar has told PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi that he wants to leave the club and return to Spain.
This adds fuel to existing rumours of Neymar’s return to Spain.
Barcelona have been linked with a £90 million plus ab unnamed player bid to try and tempt PSG into selling.
Meanwhile Real Madrid are also said to be plotting something similar. Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo has claimed that Real are preparing a £115.5 million bid as well as offering Gareth Bale or James Rodriguez as part of the deal.
However, they have already signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea for £88 million so whether they pursue a deal remains to be seen.
What also remains to be seen is whether PSG want to sell. They may not want to keep and unhappy player but in that case would certainly want to recoup their £198 million outlay on him. Whether they would take a player-plus-cash deal is also open to discussion – as indeed is whether the players reportedly involved would want to go.
Watch this space – this story could run all summer.</
Spanish giants Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have both had bids for Chelsea star Willian knocked back by the club, according to reports.
Brazilian forward Willian is now in the last 12 months of his contract at Chelsea. While the club could lose him for nothing next summer, they are keen to hold onto him – not least because they are currently serving a 2-window transfer ban so couldn’t sign a replacement.
Chelsea also sold Eden Hazard to Real Madrid last week for £88 million so can’t afford to let another experienced star leave.
Barcelona have a long-standing interest in 31-year-old Willian and tried unsuccessfully to sign him last summer. The Catalan club made three bids for him, the last of £55 million, but Chelsea stood firm and rejected it.
Now Atletico have joined the chase and both have had bids of £35 million rejected, according to Sky Sports News.
Whether either club is preparing make another bid isn’t known. They may not want to pay much more for a player the wrong side of 30 and who they could get for nothing in 12 months’ time.
Chelsea meanwhile are hopeful that Willian will commit his future to the club and sign a new 2-year deal.
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