Philippe Coutinho’s future at Barcelona is on rather thin ice. In fact, everything points towards the Catalans’ record signing leaving the club sooner rather than later. And if the latest reports are to be believed, Arsenal offer Mattéo Guendouzi to Barça in an attempt to secure the services of the Brazilian winger.
The 21-year-old midfielder has had a falling out with the club and it seems that the Gunners are willing to part with him if they can get a quality player in return. Of course, Barcelona also want to get rid of Coutinho but seeing how they value him at 80 million euros whereas Guendouzi is valued at around 40, there is a clear disparity between the two.
Over in France, the media are also reporting that the Azulgranas have, for that reason, requested both the player and additional 50 million euros from the English side while Arsenal only offer Guendouzi to Barça in a straight swap deal.
But there have been new updates on the situation and it seems that Barcelona are willing to send both Ivan Rakitić and Arturo Vidal to the Emirates if that would see the young midfielder go the other way.
In that case, however, Coutinho would still remain a Barcelona player until the right offer, most likely for a different club, arrives. Luckily for the Catalans, he is no short of potential bidders, if the reports are to be believed.
‘I am looking forward to this match’ – Pjanić talks ahead of his Juventus return
Tonight, Juventus will host Barcelona in Turin for the second matchday of the Champions League group stages. With both teams having won their first clash in Europe, they are looking to take control of the table by beating their biggest rival.
For Miralem Pjanić, however, this will be more than a big clash. After all, he will potentially face his former team should Ronald Koeman choose to give him a shot. Needless to say, he is excited about it, as he told the press ahead of the clash.
“I am looking forward to this match with a lot of enthusiasm, for all the people I know and I appreciate here at Juventus, but now I am a Barça player.”
The Bosnian midfielder has mostly been among the substitutes but he is ready to give his all, both in training and in games. Of course, with the coach mostly electing to field two midfielders, it was tough to get a spot in the gala XI.
“I’m at a big club and it’s normal that there is competition. We can also play three in the midfield, but that depends on the coach. All I can do is train hard.”
“It’s a new system and I have to adapt to it. I’ve also changed leagues, it’s a new country. I’ll do my best to help my team, like I did at Juve.”
Of course, Barcelona’s start to the season was rocky, to say the least. However, the campaign is long and the team is improving.
“The team has the quality to be successful. In the league we are not where we want to be but the season is a long one.”
Pjanić also had to comment on both Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, players who will definitely be in the spotlight in Turin.
“Messi is the best of all time and it is a privilege to play alongside him. It’s a unique chance to have played alongside Messi and Cristiano.”
“Griezmann is a goalscorer and a great player and I am sure he will play well in the next few games. When he start to score goals, he will be vitally important for the team.”
Finally, a couple of words on Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus and the fact that Barcelona will once again play in an empty stadium.
“They are a very strong team so it will be a difficult game but our objective is to be at our best to pick up all three points.”
“I know Juventus very well and I am waiting excitedly for the game. We would like to play in front of the fans. Let’s hope we can overcome the current situation as quickly as possible.”