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.
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.
Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.
Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.
PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.
A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.