If the recent reports are to be believed, Barcelona will offer Philippe Coutinho to Arsenal and Newcastle in an attempt to raise funds for the deal to bring Lautaro Martínez to the Camp Nou.
Of course, the update that the Catalans are trying hard to offload the Brazilian is nothing particularly new but with their insistence on acquiring the services of El Toro, his departure suddenly becomes all but set in stone.
After all, Barcelona are low on funds and the offer to take Coutinho to Arsenal or Newcastle would potentially give them a significant boost in that department. He may not have been effective in Catalonia but the Brazilian still has some value attached to his name and the Premier League is where the money usually is.
Still, they are yet to receive any kind of response from either the Magpies or the Gunners but both clubs have been linked with the player in the past and this could indeed be an avenue for them to explore.
But Coutinho won’t be the only casualty in Barcelona’s exodus as there are plenty of other players that could follow him through the exit door. The first of which, is likely to be Junior Firpo who Inter have reportedly accepted as part of the Lautaro deal.
What a crazy summer this could be for the Azulgranas.
Report: Former Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has been arrested
Barcelona has always been a host of controversy in the world of football, but in breaking and shattering news, former president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been arrested owing to his involvement in the BarçaGate scandal. Additionally, the Chief Executive Officer of the club, Oscar Grau, former adviser to the presidency Jaume Masferrer, and head legal counsel Roman Gomez Ponti have also been arrested by the Catalan police.
The BarçaGate scandal occurred during Bartomeu’s time at the club where the administration was suspected of paying PR company I3 ventures to clean up the image of Bartomeu online while disparaging the image of current and former players that played under the infamous president.
Initially, both Barça and I3 had denied the allegations and a report following an audit conducted by PrincewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) found that the club did not take part in any defamatory campaigns against any individual. The company also found no evidence of financial corruption or money laundering done by the president and his board.
However, it seems the tables have been turned on their head today. The Catalan police arrived at the Camp Nou offices this morning to search for documentation in connection with the BarçaGate investigation. They left the offices half an hour ago and arrived at the house of Josep Bartomeu and arrested him from there.