The winter transfer window is edging ever closer and Barcelona are already planning ahead. If the recent reports from today’s newspaper covers are anything to go by, the Catalans will make a new offer for Eric García.
SPORT are claiming that this time, Barcelona will offer around €8m to persuade Manchester City to budge. Not only that but the club has already gotten the go-ahead from the management committee.
The paper also says that Ronald Koeman has requested the young defender personally as Barça look to strengthen the backline. In addition to that, Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to action with two goals following his battle with COVID-19.
Now, he should be ready to face Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the reverse fixture in the Champions League. SPORT also mention how Lionel Messi is yet to score an open-play goal this season, which is a worrying sign.
Mundo Deportivo take the issue one step further. They talk about refereeing and goals, or rather, the lack thereof.
When it comes to refereeing and VAR, there were crucial decisions against Barcelona in the games vs Sevilla, Getafe, Real Madrid and Alavés. The last of which was the penalty that wasn’t called on Frenkie de Jong.
On top of that, in the last four LaLiga games, the Catalans have only scored three times from a total of 54 shots on goal. Needless to say, that’s another issue to be ironed out by Koeman.
Report: Barcelona want to sell Coutinho to Juventus
According to a report by Caciomercato, and relayed by SPORT, Barcelona have offered Juventus the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho.
The two clubs seem to have built a strong relationship after the swap between Miralem Pjanic and Arthur int he summer, and are willing to build on that again over a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho.
The report states that Barcelona have offered Coutinho to Juventus in the hope of raising money from player sales. The financial situation at the Catalan club is frail, and they need to sell players in order to afford signings in the summer transfer window.
Juventus, however, are not keen on signing the Brazilian, as it will come on a high transfer fee. Andrea Pirlo already has Federico Bernardeschi, Paolo Dybala, and Aaron Ramsey as players who operate, or can in similar positions as Coutinho.
Philippe Coutinho, who stayed at Barcelona on the special request of Ronald Koeman, has scored one goal and set up two for his teammates in six games in the La Liga, and suffered a one-month lay off after picking up an injury after the El Clasico in October. He faces Antoine Griezmann and Pedri as direct completion for his spot in the team right now.