Five-time European champions Barcelona are expected to get rid of deadwoods or the non-performing players in their squad and Philippe Coutinho is expected to be on that list.
Few would have predicted this in January 2018 when Brazilian international Coutinho became the third most expensive player in the world after compatriot Neymar and his PSG colleague Kylian Mbappe. Philippe Coutinho was a key player for Liverpool at that time and was having the best moment of his career before he forced a move to the Nou Camp.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reluctantly sanctioned the £142m transfer to Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho and that decision to leave Anfield for Spain has been the biggest stumbling block in his career. Coutinho has not been able to recover his sparkling Liverpool form since he left.
The former Inter Milan playmaker was a shadow of himself during his 18 months at Barcelona before the club decided that it was time to send him on loan. He was loaned out to German champions Bayern Munich for this season but has failed to find that form though it must be pointed out that his performances in Germany has improved in comparison to the ones at the Nou Camp.
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Despite his improved form, Bayern Munich won’t take up the option of signing him meaning that Barcelona will have to cut their losses and sell him permanently this summer. Barcelona will have a hard time offloading the player since there are only a handful of clubs capable of paying his transfer fee plus huge weekly wages.
Let’s take a look at the top three clubs for him ahead of next season:
1. Chelsea – The West London giants could be a perfect place for Coutinho to rekindle his form. Chelsea have been linked with the player and he could be the man to replace Eden Hazard.
2. PSG – Coutinho has a very good relationship/understanding with Brazilian national team colleague Neymar and they could re-enact the same for French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) who are keen to sign star player Neymar to a new deal.
3. Liverpool – A return to former hunting ground Anfield would appeal to a lot of football romantics. Coutinho has been constantly linked with a return to Liverpool since failing to find top form at Barcelona.
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The English Premier League defending champions Liverpool will starting bidding for player in January transfer window as they are reported to be planning to hijack Manchester United’s bid for the service of Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.
Ousmane Dembele has continued to be linked away from the Spanish giants to the English Premier League but there are claims that Barcelona are not willing to let him go.
Both Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked with Ousmane Dembele in the past but none have been able to win his signature.
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Manchester United will hope to land Ousmane Dembele as a replacement for their top target Jadon Sancho as they cannot meet the fee for the Borussia Dortmund player.
However, the Red Devils could make a move for the Barcelona man who has struggled to make a mark at Camp Nou since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.
While the quality of the French forward is known to all clubs, It his his injury situation that has been consistent that as contributed to his inability to make a mark in Barcelona.
Howbeit, Liverpool are reported to be in contact with Ousmane Dembele’s agent and could strike a deal before the summer transfer window ends.
Barcelona’s stance on Dembele changes amidst United’s planned offer
Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona are reportedly ready to offer Ousmane Dembele a new contract that will have him stay at the club for more years.
This is against the initial wish of the club to let go of the France international in the last summer transfer window with Man United making efforts in the last days of the window for a long move but failed.
The Catalans were reported to be annoyed by the decision of the star player to remain at the club without finding a new team when he has been told that he is not part of the plan for the season.
Ousmane Dembele was down in the pecking order with the revelation of Ansu Fati at the Camp Nou as he struggled for playing time, even under new manager Ronald Koeman.
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It is now reported that Barcelona want to hand him a new contract with his current deal running out in 2022. This has been linked with the injury of Ansu Fati as he will not be in action for the long term and needs to be replaced.
Ousmane Dembele is the next point of call from the Catalans chief and they are left with no option than to hand him a new deal to be able to enjoy his service for more years.
Mundo Deportivo reports that the Spanish La Liga giants are serious about the latest development, after agreeing with manager Ronald Koeman and they are reported hoping to begin negotiations with the French forward soon.
However, Ousmane Dembele has never wanted to leave the Spanish La Liga giants anytime soon and this gives him the opportunity of fulfilling his dream at the club but that is a big blow to the Red Devils who are reportedly planning to bring him to Old Trafford in January.
Barcelona to approach Manchester United for this youngster
Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona are opened to reinforcing their youth system and have sighted Man United youngster Arnau Puigmal with the plans of approaching the English Premier League club for a deal.
The Spanish outfit are struggling to secure positive results from games and that calls for a need to have more experienced players in their team but that will not stop the recruitment of players in their team B as they lack a right-back in the team.
Arnau Puigmal is interesting in the Catalans, according to Sport and they will make a move for him as early as in the January winter transfer window.
The La Liga giants already have an idea of Arnau Puigmal before now as he was monitored when he was in Spain with Espanyol before his move to Old Trafford in 2017.
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It is now left for the Red Devils to make their decision on if Arnau Puigmal should leave the club or not as he is highly valued by the club despite the fact that he is yet to make an appearance for the senior team.
Arnau Puigmal has just over six months remaining on his contract and the Red Devils are yet to agree on a new deal for him. It presents an opportunity to the Spanish giants to convince him of a return to Spain where he started his football career.
Man United have invested a lot in their youth team especially in their last summer transfer activities and might have no need for Arnau Puigmal despite claims that he is highly valued.
Reports reveal that Barcelona are desperate to land him and will ensure the deal is concluded before the end of his contract with the Red Devils.
Howbeit, we expect more transfer activities by the Red Devils for the youth team in subsequent transfer windows.