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Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are reportedly eyeing some players from Lyon thus putting the future of Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho at the club in doubt.

Coutinho, 26, has not really performed as expected since his multi-million pound move from Premier League giants Liverpool in the penultimate transfer window in January.

According to the publication from Teamtalk, Barcelona will run the rule over three players from French side Lyon when both sides meet in both the first and second legs of the Champions League in February 2019 and March 2019 respectively.

It was revealed that the Catalan club will checkout the Lyon trio of Nabil Fekir, Tanguy Ndombele and Houssem Aouar.

Ironically, Liverpool were close to signing Nabil Fekir in the summer as a replacement for the departed Coutinho but the Reds pulled the plug on the deal due to concerns over his knee.

Liverpool had to settle for a cheaper option in Xerdan Shaqiri and the Swiss international player has delivered for the Merseyside giants since he became a Red this summer.

Nabil Fekir could go on to replace Coutinho at Barcelona.

The Brazilian became the fourth most expensive player in the history of world football when the Blaugrana paid £142m to prise him away from Liverpool.

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Why Barcelona Won’t Sign £75m Liverpool Target Revealed

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Matthijs de Ligt

Spanish La Liga Champions Barcelona have all but been ruled out of the race to sign highly rated Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt.

De Ligt has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool and Reds centre back Virgil Van Dijk has already talked up the possibility of linking up with the 19-year-old at club level.

Both players feature together for the Dutch national team.

According to the publication from popular English media outlet Daily Mail, Barcelona won’t be able to follow up the signing of Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Frenkie De Jong with the transfer of his club and international teammate De Ligt.

Barcelona secured the transfer of De Jong last month in a deal worth £75m though the 21-year-old is not expected to join his new teammates until this summer.

Dutch international centre back De Ligt will likely command the same £75m transfer fee with several major European clubs keen to sign him.

Barcelona collected a £123m loan fee from two US investment firms and are said to be short of funds to sign a new centre back in the summer.

Barcelona have already signed young French defender Jean-Clair Todibo from Toulouse with the quartet of Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Christian Lenglet and Todibo seen as the four centre backs for next season.

The Catalan giants’ top priority in the summer is the signing of a long-term replacement for the ageing Luis Suarez.

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Chelsea Face Spanish Threat For £80m-rated Brazilian Star

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Five-time Premier League winners Chelsea have been rocked by the news that Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid are also keen on signing Everton player Richarlison.

This revelation was disclosed by the publication from Spanish media outlet AS.

It was revealed that the player’s representatives have met with Atletico Madrid to discuss a possible transfer for the Brazilian international star.

Richarlison has been attracting the interest from clubs like Atletico Madrid and Chelsea thereby leading to Everton slapping an £80m transfer valuation on the 21-year-old.

The Brazilian star signed for Everton at the start of this season in a £40m deal from fellow Premier League club Watford.

His transfer could reach the £50m mark including add-ons.

Richarlison has scored 11 goals for Everton in all competitions with 10 of those goals coming in the Premier League.

Earlier reports had claimed that Chelsea are considering a move for Richarlison as a possible replacement for wantaway Blues talisman Eden Hazard.

Belgian international star Hazard has less than 18 months left on his current deal with the Stamford Bridge outfit but the player has not minced words about his desire to join European champions Real Madrid.

Hazard could join Real Madrid in the summer when he has just one year left on his current Chelsea deal.

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Why Ex-Liverpool Defender Turned Down January Move To Barcelona

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Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona failed in a winter move for ex-Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel according to his agent Mithat Halis.

Mithat Halis is a partner in the company that represents the former Reds centre back.

According to him, Barcelona wanted to sign the Slovakian international star as a backup option on the defensive front at the Nou Camp but that didn’t sit down well with his client.

The 34-year-old was not ready to leave the first team at struggling Turkish Super Lig giants Fenerbahce for the bench at the Nou Camp.

Halis revealed that Barcelona representatives were at the international clash between Slovakia and Ukraine to run the rule over the former Liverpool defender.

Barcelona scouts were said to have been impressed with his leadership qualities only for the player to turn down the transfer.

The Spaniards have since moved on with the signing of highly rated Colombian international defender Jeison Murillo.

Martin Skrtel spent eight years at Liverpool between 2008 and 2016 with the player netting 16 goals in 242 appearances in the Premier League.

The Fenerbahce hardman signed for the Turkish club in 2016 and his contract is expected to run out this summer.

He has netted six times in 103 caps for the Slovakian national team.

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Barcelona Favourites For 19-Goal Liverpool Target

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Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona have emerged as overwhelming favourites to secure the transfer of Serbian international striker Luka Jovic according to various media reports.

The latest development is a big blow to Liverpool who are long-term admirers of the attacker.

According to the report from Sportskeeda, the Catalan giants are closing in on a transfer for Luka Jovic who they have identified as a potential replacement for the ageing Luis Suarez.

Barcelona are ahead of both Liverpool and Champions League holders Real Madrid in the race to sign the 21-year-old.

Luka Jovic is on a season-long loan at German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt from Portuguese giants Benfica having joined the German top flight club at the start of the season.

He could be the long-term replacement for Luis Suarez at Barcelona with the Uruguayan international star already entering the twilight of his football career.

The ex-Liverpool player has been a wonderful servant for Barcelona since he joined the Catalan giants from the Reds in the summer of 2014 in a deal worth at least £75m.

Luka Jovic has scored 19 goals in all competitions for Eintracht Frankfurt including 14 goals in the German Bundesliga.

The three-cap Serbian international is the leading goalscorer in the German top flight at the moment.

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Barcelona Send Message To Chelsea Over Coutinho Transfer

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Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona have sent a strong message to London club Chelsea and others over former Premier League player Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian international star was on the payroll of Premier League title challengers Liverpool before he left the Merseysiders to join Barcelona last year but he has endured a frustrating time in Spain.

His struggles with Barcelona has prompted talks of a possible move back to the Premier League with clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United.

French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are also interested in the 26-year-old playmaker.

Barcelona, through club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, warned the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, off Philippe Coutinho.

According to Bartomeu and Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho is not for sale.

Recent reports claim that Chelsea are targeting the former Inter Milan star as a possible replacement for wantaway Blues forward Eden Hazard.

Belgian international Hazard could join the Los Merengues this summer in a deal that could be worth as much as £100m and Chelsea have lined up Coutinho as his replacement.

The Brazilian international attacker has scored just four goals and provided two assists in the colours of Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga this term.

He has failed to live up to his hefty price tag (£142m) this season.

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Barcelona Supremo Hints Transfer For €700m Liverpool Target

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has hinted that the club could make a move for one of the players on the books of arch rivals Real Madrid.

Bartomeu talked about a possible transfer for Real Madrid outcast Isco Alarcon while he was on Spanish radio station El Partidazo as he said that they are happy to sign players from their rivals (Real Madrid) if they want to come.

The last transfer between Real Madrid and Barcelona took place almost two decades ago when Portuguese football legend Luis Figo joined the Spanish capital club from the Catalans in 2000 in a then world-record deal.

Isco could break that 19-year-old jinx if he wants to join Barcelona.

The 26-year-old Spanish international has been attracting the interest of several European clubs in the wake of his struggles under Santiago Solari at Real Madrid.

Clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have all been touted as a potential transfer destination for the petite playmaker.

He previously spoke about the interest of Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona which dates back to the summer of 2017.

Isco Alcaron had an offer to join Barcelona but he turned it down in favour of signing a new deal at Real Madrid until 2022 with a €700m release clause.

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Legend Wants Barcelona Stay For £142m-rated Ex-Liverpool Playmaker

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Barcelona legend Histro Stoichkov has written an open letter to midfielder Philippe Coutinho urging him to snub offers from the Premier League and stay at the Nou Camp.

According to the report from Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho was advised to stay with his Spanish La Liga club rather than him leaving to return to the Premier League.

The Brazilian international has struggled to make a meaningful impact since joining Barcelona from Premier League table toppers Liverpool in January 2018.

Coutinho became the third most expensive player in the world after his transfer last year.

Barcelona paid a whopping sum of £142m for him but he has only scored four goals and provided two assists in the league.

His failure to adapt to the style employed by Ernesto Valverde has prompted talks of a return to the Premier League with clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea keen to sign the player.

A possible return to Liverpool has also been mooted in the British media but it’s highly unlikely that the Reds will be interested in bringing back Philippe Coutinho following the way he left the club in January 2018.

Apart from Liverpool and Manchester United, French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) also retain an interest in Coutinho.

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Agent Rules Out Chelsea Move For Midfield Maestro

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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic will stay at the club beyond this summer according to his agent Arturo Canales who was reacting to transfer rumours linking him with a move to Premier League giants Chelsea.

Earlier transfer reports had claimed that the Blues are eyeing a summer move for the Croatian international star as a possible replacement for Cesc Fabregas who joined French Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco during the winter transfer window.

Canales spoke about his client during an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport as he said that it would be difficult for Rakitic to leave Spain in the summer.

Croatian World Cup star Ivan Rakitic had earlier addressed rumours linking him with an exit from Barcelona last week.

Speaking after Barcelona knocked out Sevilla in the last eight of the Spanish Copa Del Rey a week ago, Ivan Rakitic revealed his desire to stay with the Nou Camp giants.

Apart from Chelsea, the 30-year-old has been linked with other major European clubs like Inter Milan and Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

His future at Barcelona has been under intense discussion following the transfer of Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Frenkie De Jong.

The young Dutch midfielder will join his new teammates at Barcelona this summer.

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Philippe Coutinho Not For Sale, Josep Maria Reveals

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed that unsettled midfielder Philippe Coutinho is not for sale despite numerous transfer rumours linking him a move away from the club.

The latest development on Coutinho is a big blow to Chelsea who were hoping to explore the option of signing the Brazilian international star when the summer transfer window comes calling.

Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke about Coutinho and his struggles at the club while he was on Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.

The Barca supremo confirmed that Premier League giants Chelsea asked about the price for the player but the Spanish giants were reluctant to sell him.

Apart from Chelsea, Philippe Coutinho has also been linked with a move to Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

Bartomeu also said that the player’s problems at the club could be traced to his position on the field of play.

The 26-year-old has played in both the Neymar (forward) and Andreas Iniesta (midfield) roles at Barcelona but he has not excelled in both positions.

The £142m-rated Brazilian player has been left out of the Barcelona XI on numerous occasions this term as a result of his non-performance.

French World Cup winner Ousmane Dembele is ahead of Coutinho in the forward pecking order at Barcelona

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£142m Chelsea Target Set For Crunch Talks

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Unsettled Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho is set to hold crunch talks with club manager Ernesto Valverde over his lack of playing time at the club.

According to the publication from Spanish media outlet SPORT, the former Liverpool playmaker will meet with the Barcelona manager to discuss his long-term future at the club.

Brazilian international Coutinho has been linked with a return to the Premier League with clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea following his recent struggles at the Nou Camp.

The 26-year-old is the most expensive signing in the history of the club following his transfer from Premier League leaders Liverpool last year.

Barcelona were said to have paid a whopping sum of £142m to secure his transfer from Liverpool in January 2018.

Only the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) duo of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are more expensive than Philippe Coutinho in world football history.

Coutinho has not been able to live up to fans’ expectations at the club since his multi-million pounds move from the Reds last year.

He has scored just four league goals in addition to providing two assists for Barcelona in the league this season.

Coutinho started the season in the Barcelona XI but he has lost his place in the starting lineup in recent weeks.

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