Barcelona is aiming for a massive clear out so that they can fund their big-money move for Liverpool star Phillipe Coutinho.
It was the biggest transfer saga of the summer. Barcelona wanted Philippe Coutinho, Philippe Coutinho wanted Barcelona but the stars never aligned themselves and Liverpool stood firm with their decision to not sell the Brazilian. The club owner John W. Henry himself declared that Coutinho is not for sale at any price.
Despite making multiple multi-million offers, with some going as high even £105 million pounds the move never seemed likely. This put a dent in the Catalans’ plans to rebuild their team, and they had to settle only for Ousmane Dembele, Paulinho and bringing back Deulofeu from Everton.
However, now three months into the season but the talks of a move refuse to die down. Reports have emerged that Barcelona is looking to sell several fringe players to fund a move for the Brazilian magician once again.
Which players are at risk?
According to reports from Diario Gol, Barcelona is looking to sell several fringe players to try and fund a move for their top transfer target, aka Philippe Coutinho. With the likes of Arda Turan, Denis Suarez, Paco Alcacer, and Aleix Vidal all to be potentially sacrificed to bring in the money to bring the Liverpool star in.
Neither of these players has really managed to leave their mark on the club since their arrival and selling them would do both the club, and the players good. However, selling fringe players is also another way to bring in one top quality playmaker, which makes a lot of sense.
Barcelona will hold a crunch meeting with Liverpool this month to push through a January move for Philippe Coutinho. (Source: Daily Express) pic.twitter.com/WYznYf5NAh
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There are more than a few talented La Masia youngsters just waiting in the wings to prove themselves for Barcelona. This clearout might be their chance to make an impact. Carlos Alena, Marlon, and Lee Seung-Woo have made a name for themselves at youth level and this may be their opportunity to earn more game-time at a much higher level. At the same time, Barcelona should make sure that they don’t leave their squad too thin.
For all their popularity and on-field success, Barcelona does not possess the financial muscle compared to the likes of Manchester United, PSG or even rivals Real Madrid. They need to sell players to fund multi-million-pound moves and given that they produce so many stars from their academy, selling a few fringe players should make no difference. Several La Liga teams and even clubs from other leagues would be more than ready to buy any of the aforementioned players, so that part should not be a problem for the Blaugrana.
But despite that, bringing in Philippe Coutinho in January, however, seems next to impossible especially with Liverpool fighting in the Champions League as well as the Premier League. If a move is meant to happen, the earliest it could happen is next summer. Liverpool did not let go of him in the summer, they will most certainly not let him go now in the middle of the season.