Barcelona Set To Complete Double Swoop For Coutinho And Dembele
Sunday night’s El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup has reportedly sprung new life into Barca’s transfer attempts as they look to address their problems.
The 3-1 defeat against 10-man Real is set to force Barca into accelerating their transfer business.
Barca are ready to reinvest the majority of the £199million that they received from the sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain into the squad.
The Catalan giants could be forced to pay around £90million on each player.
While fees for Coutinho and Dembele are not yet agreed, Sport claim that Barcelona are keen to ensure the deals get over the line in the next few days.
The deal for Dembele appears to be closer than that of Coutinho.
Further reports suggest that Dortmund have accepted a £90million offer – but are demanding a further £27million in add-ons ‘subject to the player’s performances’.
Dortmund have suspended Dembele ‘until further notice’ after the midfielder went AWOL from Dortmund training.
It comes after the Bundesliga side confirmed they had held talks with Barca over the player but the bid received was nowhere near their valuation.
Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says that a deal to take Coutinho to the Nou Camp is no closer.
“Nothing has changed,” he said in his press conference ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League play-off with Hoffenheim.
“Not one one side or the other side. He’s not available for us at the moment. That’s main issue.
“It would have helped us this year (if the window had shut when the season started). The whole market has changed this year.
“In car on the way to the press conference I wasn’t thinking about it (Coutinho). I only think about players I have in this moment.”