Reports: Barca To Target Two Stars If Coutinho Deal Fails
Reports: FC Barcelona To Target Two Stars If Philippe Coutinho Deal Fails
Spanish giants FC Barcelona will reportedly target two players if their deal for Philippe Coutinho does not end up happening.
The Brazilian currently remains the Blaugrana’s number one target in the January transfer window, but they do expect Liverpool to play hardball once again.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the La Liga side feels that if they cannot agree on a deal for Coutinho by the end of December, then they will need to target the likes of Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil or and Gremio midfielder Arthur.
The German, who is in the final six months of his contract at the Emirates Stadium, is believed to be keen on moving back to La Liga, where he had plenty of success.
Gremio starlet, Arthur, is another player that is being linked with a move to Spain and after winning the Copa Libertadores with his Brazilian club earlier this month, he has seen his stock rise.
The report says Coutinho is not expected to force a move like he tried to do at the start of the current campaign but is expected to leave should Barcelona agree on a deal with Liverpool.
The 25-year-old has made 15 appearances for the Merseyside club, scoring nine goals and further assisting in seven more.
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