Barcelona ready to give up Coutinho chase


Philippe Coutinho joined Liverpool from Inter Milan in 2013 (AFP Photo/Dale DE LA REY)
Philippe Coutinho joined Liverpool from Inter Milan in 2013 (AFP Photo/Dale DE LA REY)

Barcelona have identified alternative targets to Philippe Coutinho after accepting that signing the Liverpool forward is ‘impossible’.

Barca had targeted Coutinho as a potential replacement for Neymar, his countryman who joined Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer.

Liverpool have rejected three bids for the playmaker, with a fourth approach in the offing.

Coutinho even handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through the move, but the Reds are adamant that they will not sell.

According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have accepted the inevitable.

They report that ‘the future of Philippe Coutinho is increasingly ‘red”, even if Barca ‘will go all the way’ to sign him.

That will not be enough of course, with Catalan radio station RAC1 conceding that the La Liga club now deem finding a breakthrough with Liverpool ‘impossible’.

ENGLAND

.Samir Nasri has left Manchester City to join Turkish side Antalyaspor on a permanent deal.

The 30-year-old played 176 times for City, scoring 27 goals, and won two Premier League titles.

.Everton striker Oumar Niasse is set for a move to Fenerbahce, according to reports.

.West Ham are close to completing the signing of Carvalho. The Portugal international is understood to want a move to the Premier League and has a £40million release clause in his contract.

.Inter Milan hope to seal the signing of Joao Cancelo from Valencia in the next 24 hours.

.Diego Costa feels Antonio Conte’s decision to tell him he has no future at Chelsea by text message was a “moment of madness”.

The striker told MC News: “I always asked to speak face to face with the coach and the board. I never sent [them] text messages, so it shows what kind of person he is.

.Arsenal have offered reported Chelsea and Liverpool target Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a new deal.

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer says the club won’t pay Liverpool’s asking price for defender Mamadou Sakho.

. Man City are ready to test Arsenal’s resolve again for Alexis Sanchez with a renewed £70m bid.

.Zlatan Ibrahimovic is ready to sign a contract as early as this week to return to Manchester United just a few months after he was released following an knee injury sustained in April.

.Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal are preparing to do battle for the signature of PSG’s Julian Draxler after the French club made it known that he was surplus to requirements.

SPAIN

.Real Madrid are reportedly determined to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea next summer.

Spanish outlet Diario Gol claim current Real No 1 Keylor Navas has been told by club president Florentino Perez that he will be leaving in 2018.

.As Barcelona have had to give up on Coutinho, the targets are now Seri, Dembele  and di Maria.

.Sergi Roberto says he is happy at Barcelona and is not looking to leave.

.Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has criticised Barcelona over their role in the Ousmane Dembele transfer saga.

The France midfielder is currently suspended by the Bundesliga club after Dortmund rejected a bid from Barcelona reportedly worth £90m.

.Valencia chasing loan deal for Manchester United youngster Andreas Pereira.

FRANCE

.Paris Saint-Germain striker Javier Pastore says leaving is ‘out of the question’ despite Neymar arrival and Kylian Mbappe interest.

.Neymar attacks Barcelona board following home PSG debut: ‘There are directors that shouldn’t be there’

SOURCES:Football 360,sky sports ,daily mail.uk .

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